A hit movie almost always begets a sequel, yet one wildly successful comedy that has yet to see a followup film is “Bridesmaids”.
Given that the 2011 hit raked in close to $300 million at the box office, “Bridesmaids 2” would seem to be a no-brainer.
However, in an interview with Collider, “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig explained why a sequel is a bad idea.
“Everybody thinks they want a ‘Bridesmaids’ sequel, and it could be fun, but I always have to say this,” Feig said. “‘Bridesmaids’ works — you remember all the comedy stuff, that was great, but the reason that movie worked is because it was about Kristen Wiig’s character, who was a very confident person before the movie began, who has this total crash because her bakery goes out of business and everything falls apart in her life. So we meet her and she’s a disaster. She’s desperately trying to hang onto this one thing, which is her friendship with Maya Rudolph’s character, and that takes her through the fire.”
The film stars Kristin Wiig (who also co-wrote the script with Annie Mumolo) as a woman whose personal life is a train wreck as she celebrates the wedding of her best friend (Maya Rudolph).
“That’s why all this stuff happens, because she’s just acting out and trying desperately to save things, and by the end she heals herself, as much as you can. That’s what you latch onto in that film,” Feig said.
“So to do a sequel, I think you’re basically just gonna have to have a funny wedding,” he added. “And I’ve seen those movies a million times and some of them are good and some of them are like, okay, whatever. It’s obviously up to Kristen, she’s the keeper of the keys on that, but it would have to be something that you can emotionally engage in again and not just go, ‘It’s Megan’s crazy wedding in the Bahamas!’ and all kinds of hijinks happen. That could be funny, but I just think you need more for a movie to be great.”
Wiig feels the same way. “It wasn’t a hard decision,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2013 of having no interest in a sequel. “We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 2012 Universal Pictures president Ron Meyer offered Wiig “an eight-figure payday” — which she reportedly turned down. As a result, the studio briefly considered going ahead with a sequel, with or without her, that would have focused on Melissa McCarthy’s character, but those plans were scrapped.