Director Nancy Meyers has responded to rumours that a sequel to “The Holiday” is on its way.
The beloved 2006 flick saw Kate Winslet’s Iris and Cameron Diaz’s Amanda swap houses. Winslet’s character ended up dating Jack Black’s Miles after they met in Los Angeles, and Diaz’s got together with Jude Law’s Graham in a country village near London, U.K.
The Sun claimed that a follow-up was now in the works 17 years later, with the main characters all signing up.
However, Meyers wrote on Instagram alongside a grab of a story about the rumours: “So many DM’s about this – sorry but it’s not true. ❤️”
The Sun claimed a source had told them: “The plan is to start filming next year. The main talent are all signed up.”
An insider added: “The plan is to start rolling on scenes next year, primarily in the U.K. and in Europe, but the main talent are all signed up and on board.”
“It’s one of the most successful movies of its kind and still enjoyed every year by millions of fans around the world – it makes perfect sense to revisit those characters and find out what became of their lives after they hooked up.
“It’ll be funny, poignant, and heartwarming – just what everyone wants for Christmas.”
After shutting down sequel rumours on social media, Meyers then told “Today”s Savannah Sellers: “I’ve been asked to make a sequel a couple of times, you know, and I think about it, and I just think it’s good the way it is… I don’t know how I won’t disappoint.”
When the movie, that had an $85 million budget, was first released, it brought in $63.2 million at the U.S. box office at the time. However, over the years it’s gone on to become a Christmas classic.
“The movie didn’t open in a big, splashy way. I got to say, I was a little disappointed,” Meyers recalled.
She added, “The trajectory of ‘The Holiday’ was every year it became more popular.”
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Meyers continued, “My biggest takeaway was how much I love the actors, to be honest, and how personal some of it was.
“It was kind of what I was going through with my own Private Jasper. And so it was great to have Kate Winslet be my voice in some of those scenes.”
Winslet also shut down sequel rumours, telling People: “I read something about that, but it’s the first I’ve heard of it.
“I promise you not an agent or a representative or anyone from the first one around has had any conversation with me about that. Hand on heart, that’s never come up.”