Kristen Wiig won't write or star in Bridesmaids sequel

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Kristen Wiig leads the cast of this comedy as a maid of honor who begins to come unglued as she leads her best friend (played by Maya Rudolph) down the road to matrimony. Making the experience especially memorable and somewhat miserable is a group of colorful bridesmaids (played by Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper). Directed by Paul Feig.

January 5th, 2012

Kirsten Wiig won't write or star in any potential 'Bridesmaids' sequel.

Studio Universal are keen to capitalise on the success of the comedy - which grossed $288 million worldwide and was produced for just $32 million - with a follow-up film, but the actress, who co-wrote the script with writing partner Annie Mumolo, is busy with other commitments.

Kristen said: "We aren't working on that. Annie and I aren't planning a sequel. We are writing something else."

A Universal source added to The Hollywood Reporter: "We are over the moon with the success of 'Bridesmaids', and if we do a sequel we want to get it right.

"We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we'll move forward."

Producer Judd Apatow is open to a sequel, but only if the idea is "great" and insiders believe he will only stay involved if Kristen remains on board.

Judd said: "The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one. We don't want to do it unless it can be great. I don't think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year."

A source added: "I don't think Judd would proceed without Kristen and Annie's full participation."

It has been speculated that Universal angered the principal cast, including Kristen, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey, by awarding them bonuses of $100,000, a figure which was dwarfed by the profits the studio made on the movie.

The financial row is cited as one of the reasons why progress on a potential sequel has been slow.