The mystery is why Universal has made so little progress on launching a Bridesmaids 2—and why the star of the film is refusing to do a reprise. "We aren't working on that," [Kristen] Wiig, who co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Annie and I aren't planning a sequel. We are writing something else."
One factor may be that something went awry between Wiig and Universal. Sources say that some of the six principal cast members (Wiig, McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) were underwhelmed with the $100,000 bonus each received—the sum struck some as low given the film's outsized success. Asked by THR whether she was offended by the dollar figure, Wiig declined comment.
With Wiig balking, Universal chief Ron Meyer took her to dinner in New York to see whether he could change her mind. He likely dangled an eight-figure payday before her, but the 38-year-old star held firm.
Wiig has no shortage of other projects lined up, some of which sound pretty promising (like an adaptation of Monica Drake's Clown Girl), but that isn't stopping Universal from trying to cash in with a Bridesmaids 2, with or without her. "We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we'll move forward," a Universal source tells the Reporter.
Wiig was the core of Bridesmaids, a movie we liked quite... a... bit; I can't imagine anyone wanting to see something calling itself Bridesmaids 2 that didn't involve Wiig in just as important of a role as the first one did. But Universal will probably try, because Hollywood, and it will probably be about Melissa McCarthy getting married to the sky marshall guy, and all of her zany bridesmaids will all have food poisoning too, somewhere even more embarrassing, and then halfway through everyone will realize they've just CGed new faces onto Sex and the City 2 and everything is terrible.