Renee Zellweger to reprise role in 'Bridget Jones' 3
Renee Zellweger will have to dust off her diary, it looks like she will be reprising her role as Bridget Jones in a third installment of "Bridget Jone's Diary."
Universal's Working Title Films confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that they are finally moving ahead on the film, which has been rumored to be in the works since 2009.
Though no details of the plot have been released, Zellweger's on-screen love interest Colin Firth, who plays Mark Darcy in the films, revealed some details of a possible plot last year.
"I can tell you that Bridget and Mark can't have children, I think that's the way it goes on," Firth told EW reporter Dave Karger. "So then she makes the huge mistake of going back to Daniel Cleaver [Hugh Grant's character] for long enough to get pregnant. And I think he dumps her, and she's left stranded, and guess who comes back to rescue her?"
The first film, "Bridget Jone's Diary," hit theaters in 2001 and grossed $281 million internationally, while the 2004 sequel, "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" earned $262, according to the trade magazine. Zellweger reportedly gained up to 20 pounds to play the role both times.
In March, Helen Fielding, who wrote the "Bridget Jones" novels which inspired the films, said she had begun working on a third book.
"I will be working on both the book and the film but I don't know if they are the same thing yet. It's not been decided," Fielding told the London Evening Standard.
Zellweger has appeared in films like "Empire Records," "Jerry Maguire" "Chicago" and "Cold Mountain," which earned her an Oscar in 2003. The 42-year-old actress has most recently appeared in "Leatherheads" and "New in Town," which both performed poorly in the box office.
In March, Zellweger broke up with actor Bradley Cooper after two years of dating. The couple appeared together in the 2009 film "Case 39."