‘Bridesmaids’ Sequel Without Kristen Wiig?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal is thinking of doing a sequel to Bridesmaids – with or without Kristen Wiig. “We are over the moon with the success of Bridesmaids, and if we do a sequel we want to get it right,” a Universal rep tells THR. “We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward.” The studio rep declines to elaborate on what elements it would deem essential – whether, for example, original director Paul Feig would be involved – but Universal is focused on McCarthy as a key player to get a sequel rolling.

However, Wiig isn’t interested in doing a sequel, saying “We aren’t working on that. Annie [Mumolo, who co-wrote the movie with Kristen] 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, Melissa 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.

Instead, she has pursued smaller dramas: In addition to the Mumolo project, the Saturday Night Live actress next appears in the March dramedy Friends With Kids; stars opposite Annette Bening in the indie Imogene, which she also is producing; and this summer plans to shoot the drama The Comedian opposite Robert De Niro for director Sean Penn. She also is adapting the dramatic novel Clown Girl, which she hopes to direct.

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