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Kristen Wiig Expands On Why She Turned Down Bridesmaids 2

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In case any thought of a new Bridesmaids movie still existed, we can put another nail in the sequel’s coffin. Despite the great success of 2011’s original comedy, Bridesmaids, writer and star Kristen Wiig has said that she will not be writing a sequel.  With costar Melissa McCarthy in the new Buddy-cop comedy The Heat, helmed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, the creative forces behind Bridesmaids are certainly in the spotlight again, which means that once again Wiig’s been asked about her decision not to create another installment in the series as she moves on with her career, by Harper’s Bazaar.

The former SNL star does not want to just rehash what she has already done, saying to Harper’s Bazaar that,

“It wasn’t a hard decision. We [Wiig and cowriter Annie Mumolo] 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.”

While Bridesmaids certainly didn’t lead to as many female-led comedies as it was expected to, it seems Wiig may have made the right choice in refusing to make the film into a series.  Much like The Hangover, Bridesmaids has a very specific story that relies on a single moment in time, and a repeat might feel more forced than funny. If Wiig continues to create new comedies with original plots, instead of rehashing her previous successes, which seems to be what she wants to do, it’s quite likely she will give us more interesting stories and funny women in any case.

Kristen Wiig left Saturday Night Live last year, having performed on the show since 2005.  Since then, she has been working on several projects, including a guest role in Arrested Development,a role in the upcoming Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and a major role in the upcoming Despicable Me sequel.  The actress is also taking on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller and Girl Most Likely with Annette Bening. However, we haven’t seen any major writing projects like Bridesmaids coming from Wiig since the film’s debut in 2011.  Now, of course, we know that there will be no Bridesmaids 2,  despite the $300 million that the movie grossed in theaters and Universal’s interest in a second film, but Wigg has apparently been working on a short film she wrote and is in the process of directing.  Plus, she has been working on a new script, and has said in the past that Annie Mumolo is working with her. Even without a new Bridesmaids on the way, we can look forward not only to Wiig starring in many new roles, but to new writing from the comedian.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, Harpar’s Bazaar)

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