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Universal willing to make a Bridesmaids sequel without Kristen Wiig

Jan. 4, 2012by: Mike Sampson

Just the other day, BRIDESMAIDS was nominated as Best Picture by the Producers Guild of America, a group traditionally looked at as one of the more reliable predictors of Oscar success. Currently, BRIDESMAIDS has made over $275 million worldwide. It's a comedy that is both critically and commercially successful. So, of course, Universal wants to do a sequel. The only problem is that the film's star Kristen Wiig and her writing partner Annie Mumolo aren't interested.

Wiig spoke to the Hollywood Reporter and said of the oft-rumored sequel, "We aren't working on that. Annie and I aren't planning a sequel." Reportedly at issue is the lack of compensation paid by Universal to the film's six female leads after the breakout success. As mentioned above, the film has made almost $300 million and the actors all signed on with relatively small contracts. Wiig declined to comment on any financial issues.

Universal has tried to convince Wiig to return but so far she has rebuffed all attempts to sign her to a new deal. So Universal is playing hardball and looking to get a sequel going without Wiig or Mumolo.

Sources say that the studio is looking to make a rather sizable offer to Melissa McCarthy to return for another film. While producer Judd Apatow remained diplomatic, sources close to Apatow maintain he would remain loyal to Wiig and refuse participation if Universal went ahead.

So what do you think? Should Universal bother with another BRIDESMAIDS if Wiig won't return? Should McCarthy return without the rest of her castmates? Should everyone suck it up, make a shitload of money and move on?

Source: THR

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9:13PM on 01/05/2012

I feel vindicated

I got blasted on here when this movie hit theaters because I said it was not funny. Now it seems many share the same feelings. Needless to say, a sequel is not something I will be standing in line for. Let Wiig move on to better things. I loved her in 'Walk Hard' and 'Paul'.
I got blasted on here when this movie hit theaters because I said it was not funny. Now it seems many share the same feelings. Needless to say, a sequel is not something I will be standing in line for. Let Wiig move on to better things. I loved her in 'Walk Hard' and 'Paul'.
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2:19PM on 01/05/2012

this is the problem...

"make a shitload of money and move on?" the parties involved, like WIIG, still wanna make a shitload of money off the first film on the back end- WITHOUT actually having to do any work on a new installment with a risk involved...so as times goes by, and they see that money the first film is making, they will fight harder and harder for a retroactive back end deal to get a slice of that wedding cake...before any wedding cake for the next film is even MADE.
"make a shitload of money and move on?" the parties involved, like WIIG, still wanna make a shitload of money off the first film on the back end- WITHOUT actually having to do any work on a new installment with a risk involved...so as times goes by, and they see that money the first film is making, they will fight harder and harder for a retroactive back end deal to get a slice of that wedding cake...before any wedding cake for the next film is even MADE.
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12:39PM on 01/05/2012
I liked Bridesmaids, but a sequel is a BAD idea.
I liked Bridesmaids, but a sequel is a BAD idea.
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8:31PM on 01/04/2012
Movies like Bridesmaid or The Hangover don't even need a sequel. They wrapped it up within the 1st movies.
Movies like Bridesmaid or The Hangover don't even need a sequel. They wrapped it up within the 1st movies.
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7:12PM on 01/04/2012

From someone a lot smarter than me

A direct quote from my wife: "the first was the very definition of suck!"
A direct quote from my wife: "the first was the very definition of suck!"
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6:09PM on 01/04/2012
I thought the first was fun, but in no way loved it (I prefer Kristen in 'Paul'), but a sequel is not needed.

It would be awesome though if they all came back and were helping Lillian (had to IMBD the friend's name!) deal with her divorce after only three months of marriage.
I thought the first was fun, but in no way loved it (I prefer Kristen in 'Paul'), but a sequel is not needed.

It would be awesome though if they all came back and were helping Lillian (had to IMBD the friend's name!) deal with her divorce after only three months of marriage.
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5:17PM on 01/04/2012
I'm glad to see that a lot of people thought this was overrated. I'm happy to see a female driven R comedy and good for kristen wig if she feels like they are getting the shaft, but I have no need/desire for a second helping of this movie.
I'm glad to see that a lot of people thought this was overrated. I'm happy to see a female driven R comedy and good for kristen wig if she feels like they are getting the shaft, but I have no need/desire for a second helping of this movie.
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5:05PM on 01/04/2012
this movie is the very definition of overrated.
this movie is the very definition of overrated.
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4:58PM on 01/04/2012

meh

bridesmaids was funny, but as others have said waaaay too long, when it was funny it really was great but bits inbetween were quite boring, universal should just leave things be and be happy with a critcally acclaimed hit without ruining it with low-grade cash-in sequels
bridesmaids was funny, but as others have said waaaay too long, when it was funny it really was great but bits inbetween were quite boring, universal should just leave things be and be happy with a critcally acclaimed hit without ruining it with low-grade cash-in sequels
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4:37PM on 01/04/2012

Bridesmaids is way overrated

There. I said it. I just was not as impressed with it as most others were. Though I thought McCarthy was the best part about it, a sequel without the originals major players would be a bad idea.
There. I said it. I just was not as impressed with it as most others were. Though I thought McCarthy was the best part about it, a sequel without the originals major players would be a bad idea.
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4:07PM on 01/04/2012
Why not just pay Wiig and Mumolo to make something NEW instead of a completely unnecessary sequel?
Why not just pay Wiig and Mumolo to make something NEW instead of a completely unnecessary sequel?
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3:53PM on 01/04/2012
Bridesmaids was funny, VERY funny. But also about 30 mins too long. Also, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy were the biggest reasons it was so funny. Without Wiig, a sequel would fall flat. Simply put, the movie made her an A Lister. Universal is gonna have to pony up the cash to get her to write and star in another one, because it's the only way audiences will have any interest in a sequel.
Bridesmaids was funny, VERY funny. But also about 30 mins too long. Also, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy were the biggest reasons it was so funny. Without Wiig, a sequel would fall flat. Simply put, the movie made her an A Lister. Universal is gonna have to pony up the cash to get her to write and star in another one, because it's the only way audiences will have any interest in a sequel.
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3:51PM on 01/04/2012
Nobody wants to see Bridesmades 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold or whatever they want to make. The first one was lots of fun for many of us (though not all, fine) and we don't need another. We all saw how Hangover 2 turned out and don't need a repeat. If anything, Bridesmades should show them that new movies, ideas or properties can be successful if they are done right. The movie actually speaks by example AGAINST constant reboots, remakes, relaunches, refuckyous.
Nobody wants to see Bridesmades 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold or whatever they want to make. The first one was lots of fun for many of us (though not all, fine) and we don't need another. We all saw how Hangover 2 turned out and don't need a repeat. If anything, Bridesmades should show them that new movies, ideas or properties can be successful if they are done right. The movie actually speaks by example AGAINST constant reboots, remakes, relaunches, refuckyous.
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3:30PM on 01/04/2012

Hmm...

Maybe we can actually get some well thought out (and better timed) jokes and clever writing this time, instead of self-indulgent dreck.
Maybe we can actually get some well thought out (and better timed) jokes and clever writing this time, instead of self-indulgent dreck.
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3:23PM on 01/04/2012
I'm rather confused how they could make a direct sequel. Would it retain the Bridesmaids title? I can see an in-spirit direct-to-DVD sequel, or a series where Melissa McCarthy becomes the Eugene Levy-in-American Pie and makes a boatload of cash milking her character for all she's worth. Annie's story has been told, unless she wanted to marry Rhodes and make Megan her Maid of Honor.
I'm rather confused how they could make a direct sequel. Would it retain the Bridesmaids title? I can see an in-spirit direct-to-DVD sequel, or a series where Melissa McCarthy becomes the Eugene Levy-in-American Pie and makes a boatload of cash milking her character for all she's worth. Annie's story has been told, unless she wanted to marry Rhodes and make Megan her Maid of Honor.
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3:08PM on 01/04/2012
Decent movie, but TOO LONG. I can't take another 2 hours of this story.
Decent movie, but TOO LONG. I can't take another 2 hours of this story.
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2:59PM on 01/04/2012

I don' t get the big deal.

It wasn't that great with her IN it. That movie isn't even in my Top 10 for 2011.
It wasn't that great with her IN it. That movie isn't even in my Top 10 for 2011.
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2:52PM on 01/04/2012
So a movie makes 10x its budget in theaters alone, plus the probably additional $100MM+ it'll make in VOD, rentals and DVD/Blu-Ray sales. So that's probably a $400MM profit off of a maybe $60MM total investment and they're not willing to give a respectable chunk to the women who made all this possible? I really hope that Universal wakes up and gives them all their money. Something like a $10MM bonus a piece to Wiig and Mumolo and at least $2MM a piece to the other girls. You know Apatow got his
So a movie makes 10x its budget in theaters alone, plus the probably additional $100MM+ it'll make in VOD, rentals and DVD/Blu-Ray sales. So that's probably a $400MM profit off of a maybe $60MM total investment and they're not willing to give a respectable chunk to the women who made all this possible? I really hope that Universal wakes up and gives them all their money. Something like a $10MM bonus a piece to Wiig and Mumolo and at least $2MM a piece to the other girls. You know Apatow got his as a producer. Time to pay the talent as well!
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2:48PM on 01/04/2012
They should offer the money to them. Good sequels can be done, when the people are happy. Studios make so much money off these movies already. When will these studios learn? Melissa McCarthy is funny and her character was great, but I would rather see a unique spinoff or something instead of her getting married and having chaos ensue.
They should offer the money to them. Good sequels can be done, when the people are happy. Studios make so much money off these movies already. When will these studios learn? Melissa McCarthy is funny and her character was great, but I would rather see a unique spinoff or something instead of her getting married and having chaos ensue.
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2:38PM on 01/04/2012
The biggest winner would be no sequel and Wiig sticking with her guns and not giving in. For those who will go back and do a sequel is a sellout.
The biggest winner would be no sequel and Wiig sticking with her guns and not giving in. For those who will go back and do a sequel is a sellout.
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2:31PM on 01/04/2012
why not just a get him to the greek spinoff with mccarthy getting married
why not just a get him to the greek spinoff with mccarthy getting married
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2:21PM on 01/04/2012

If I was Wiig...

I'd ask for $10 million a piece or no dice.
I'd ask for $10 million a piece or no dice.
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2:17PM on 01/04/2012
Without Wiig ,it would be pretty much the dumbest shit I've heard of making a sequel without her. WTF? Hollywood is F-ed in the head .
Without Wiig ,it would be pretty much the dumbest shit I've heard of making a sequel without her. WTF? Hollywood is F-ed in the head .
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2:12PM on 01/04/2012

Don't you just love it when studios

try to kill the goose that laid the golden egg?

Memo to Universal: look at how Disney's attempt to play hardball with Pixar turned out, then drive up to Kristen and Annie's houses with a truckload of money. It'll end up costing you less in the long run.
try to kill the goose that laid the golden egg?

Memo to Universal: look at how Disney's attempt to play hardball with Pixar turned out, then drive up to Kristen and Annie's houses with a truckload of money. It'll end up costing you less in the long run.
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2:01PM on 01/04/2012
I really don't care for it that much... I'd probably watch the sequel if Wiig was involved but it's not that big of a deal for me
I really don't care for it that much... I'd probably watch the sequel if Wiig was involved but it's not that big of a deal for me
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1:56PM on 01/04/2012
For The Hangover they rewarded fans by remaking the original movie and calling it a sequel, and I have no doubt they'll do the exact same thing for this sequel. How else to continue the story than remake it with different characters and more scat humor?
For The Hangover they rewarded fans by remaking the original movie and calling it a sequel, and I have no doubt they'll do the exact same thing for this sequel. How else to continue the story than remake it with different characters and more scat humor?
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