Judd Apatow talks 'Bridesmaids 2,' says it wouldn't happen without Wiig
Judd Apatow talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com to clear up rumors that there is a "Bridesmaids 2" in the works -- without Kristen Wiig.
Apatow, 44, talked to OnTheRedCarpet at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 15, and shot down the rumors of a Wiig-less sequel in the works. "Bridesmaids" was a large success, grossing over $288 million worldwide, and solidified Wiig and Melissa McCarthy's star status. Apatow says he wouldn't move forward without the leading lady and co-screenwriter.
"No, we wouldn't do it without Kristen Wiig," Apatow told OnTheRedCarpet.com's Rachel Smith at the Golden Globes about a sequel. "We just have to think of a good idea - if we think of a good idea, maybe we would do it. But if we think of a bad idea, we shouldn't do it, right? You don't want the bad version," he joked.
According to a previous report by The Hollywood Reporter from earlier this month, Wiig said she and co-writer Annie Mumolo "aren't planning a sequel."
"We are writing something else," she added.
The industry paper hints there may have been an underlying issue between Wiig and Universal, causing a potential fallout between the two. The report cites sources which said that some of the six principal cast members were "underwhelmed" with their $100,000 bonuses after the film's commercial success. Wiig declined comment when the newspaper asked if she was offended by the alleged bonus.
Deadline Hollywood reported that co-star McCarthy denied that there is any plan to move forward with a film sequel without co-star and co-writer Wiig. McCarthy reportedly made her comments at an event for her show "Mike & Molly" in early January.
Apatow is known for his crude humored films such as "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Superbad," "Pineapple Express" and "Get Him to the Greek."
Wiig, also known for her work on "Saturday Night Live," will next appear in the film "Friends With Kids" alongside "Bridesmaids" co-stars Hamm and Rudolph. She will also star in her a film called "Imogene" with Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and "Glee" actor Darren Criss.
In the dark comedy, Wiig will play "a moderately successful New York playwright who stages a fake suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, only to end up being forced into the custody of her gambling-addict mother," according to a press release.
As for Apatow, he's gearing up for the spin-off of his hit "Knocked Up" called "This is 40." The film is set for release on Dec. 12, 2012.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).