Bridesmaids will officially be requiring a re-watch: the smash hit comedy, starring many of today's most talented female comedians, won't be getting a sequel any time soon. As EW points out, the 2011 flick was "the highest-grossing R-rated female comedy ever," so there's no question it would be a lucrative investment. But while chatting with SNL star Michael Che, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig said a follow-up film simply wouldn't do its original justice.
"It's really up to [film writer/actress Kristen Wiig], but also, sequels are dangerous," he told Che at Tribeca Film Festival. "People always say they want a sequel to Bridesmaids but the whole reason that movie worked was [Kristen Wiig’s character] is a mess and she learned how to repair her life, so you can’t do a sequel and she’s a mess and has to repair her life again. And people tend to think the artifice around all that is what made the movie great, but it was really that emotional journey and so, you almost kind of have to be careful of it."
In a 2012 chat with NYT Hollywood blog Carpetbagger, Wiig got real about playing a character that is both funny and profoundly sad.
"The emotional part is really important when you’re trying to be funny," she told the site. "I know that sounds weird. With my character, we were writing a comedy based on someone who was really sad. So it was like, how is this funny? A lot of the struggles that she went through, people can relate to. And she is sort of someone that’s really lost. We tried to tell that story in a way that would also have segments that would make people laugh."
Feig, Wiig, and the rest of the crew could easily produce a popular sequel to the original film, but in a way, it's commendable that they haven't. Not that we wouldn't love to see another chapter because...