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Bridget Jones Seeks New Director
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05 October 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Bridget Jones Seeks New Director

Somewhere along the line, a third Bridget Jones film has apparently gone from being a vaguely mooted development-hell project, to an actively going concern on its way into production at Universal. Deadline are reporting that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has just withdrawn from the movie, which means that Universal and Working Title will need a new helmer ASAP if the plan is really to start shooting Bridget Jones 3 in January.

Despite Bridget being played by Renee Zellweger in the Diary (2001) and The Edge of Reason (2004), the series seems to be viewed as quintessentially British in Hollywood, which is the issue Feig cited for his departure: he apparently feels he has the wrong comedy sensibility.

The material he was dealing with isn't yet clear: there is no third Helen Fielding book on which to base a screenplay, although Fielding did continue Bridget's columns in The Independent beyond the two novels, and further developments saw Bridget getting pregnant with the dastardly Daniel Cleaver, without ever managing quite to ditch lovely Mark Darcy.

Deadline claim that Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are all "eager to return". We can't speak for Zellweger and Grant, but Firth did seem amenable last year, telling Mark Lawson that "Sometimes a third film is an improvement on a second," and that, with all the principle cast now a decade older than when the story began, "The idea of Mark and Daniel and Bridget in advanced stages of deterioration could be quite fun..."


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RE: Bridget Jones Seeks New Director
I heard rumour that Saul Dibb (Director of The Duchess) was in the frame to direct this...? Anyone heard similar? He did a fine job with the Dutchess. And lets face it, compared to all the pomp and ceremony of a period drama how hard can a modern day rom com be? o Saul! M More

Posted by Movie_Monster at 10:45 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

Like they need a script. Just remake the first film again, like they did for the second. More

Posted by John Firth at 23:29 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

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can fuck off. Why do we need another two hours of an American doing a (pretty good admittedly) British accent, in a plot that involves the same three characters being tehhhibly (sic) Middle Class? If these had been written and made in the 60s it woulda been Babs Windsor, Jim Dale and Sid James in the title roles. And probably would have been funnier. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:36 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

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