This is a total bummer, guys. From the sounds of it, there's a good reason we shouldn't expect a Bridesmaids sequel any time soon. As much as I might want one, Paul Feig's reasoning is totally understandable, given the long history of follow-ups that have failed miserably.
I mean, you would think after the huge 2011 success of the Bridesmaids movie that filmmakers would be rushing to usher out a second installment of the hit comedy, right? Well, think again, because the film's director has some seriously valid thoughts about creating a sequel to the box office smash.
During a sit down with Saturday Night Live's Michael Che, Feig explained his apprehension for a second coming of the Golden Globe Award nominated film. Although he clarified that the decision is ultimately up to the film's writer and star, Kristen Wiig, the 54-year-old producer revealed that sequels can be quite the dangerous undertaking, according to Entertainment Weekly. He went on to say,
“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.”
I can definitely agree that not all movies are meant to have sequels, and best believe I can totally understand the sophomore jitters that may be associated with attempting to follow up on such successful movie. There have been many films that have tried, only to fail miserably at recreating the magic of an iconic movie like Bridemaids.
Case in point: Hangover Part II. While it may have done pretty well at the box office, there's no doubt that it paled in comparison to the grandeur of the first installment. Or what about, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues? That was certainly a disappointing runner-up, to say the least. Sometimes, we're just better off just re-watching and reminiscing on the magic of the original.
As much as I really want to see more of the on-screen camaraderie of Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy, I'd hate to see what they worked so hard to master be ruined by forcing an unnecessary sequel into fruition. However, I obviously wouldn't be against the same crew of women joining forces to create a totally new project. I'm sure that would be a pretty hard task to manage, given the overwhelming success of everyone's career since the film took off, but it would be so amazing that I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.