After record-breaking success, director Paul Feig talks ‘Bridesmaids’ sequel

After record-breaking success, director Paul Feig talks ‘Bridesmaids’ sequel

Boston : MA : USA | Jul 05, 2011 at 12:29 PM PDT
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‘Bridesmaids’, the Paul Feig-directed and Judd Apatow-produced recent hit, has surpassed "Sex and the City" as the top grossing R-rated female comedy. Director Paul Feig recently discussed the possibility of a sequel to the film. "It's not officially been moved toward, but I'd be very open to it," he told Movieline. "It would just have to be as good or better than this one. What you don't want to do is the one that ruins the memory of the first one. But nothing would make me happier if we could make another one with this amazing cast, and people go, 'That's awesome!' If it's as good or better than the first one, that would be fantastic. Because everything around it was great -- the cast, the people behind the scenes, the stories we're telling, the fact that we get to do movies for and with hugely talented women. What could be better than that? It would be great to carry that on, but, again, it has to be high quality."

Back in May, when he wasn't quite sure how ‘Bridesmaids’ would do at the box office, Feig had expressed similar sentiments. "Who knows? I mean, it depends how we do in the next couple weeks, but I know there's definitely ... it's already been brought up," he told NY Magazine. "So, um, you know, when you get a group that's this deep and this good, it's a crime to not use them again. You just want to make sure that you do it as well as you did the first one and try to make it better, even. So, we're up for the challenge."

Feig is currently working on another Apatow-produced film; a romantic comedy that he hopes will star Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy, both supporting stars in ‘Bridesmaids’. "I'm very excited about that project," he told Movieline. "I'm writing with them in mind, and it's just a love story that I've always wanted to write, that I think will be really funny, but will play much more real than most quote-unquote romantic comedies. Fingers crossed, I get them to do it."

When asked how he celebrated his record box office success and a sequel in the making, Feig said: “I drink heavily. No. I’m so used to having things go wrong in my career, the whole time I was like, “OK, it’s going to completely fall in the toilet tomorrow.” Like, suddenly, “It made zero dollars! It’s out of all the theaters!” For me, I was kinda going — as things were going really well — “I’ll celebrate when we hit $150 million.” It could all fall apart, but if we hit that this weekend, there’s definitely going to be a moment where I go, “Let’s order a really nice bottle of champagne.”

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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