'Bridget Jones' In Talks for Third Film; Musical One Step Closer to West End?
Bridget Jones' Diary, the hit 2001 film which spawned a bestselling soundtrack as well as a popular sequel, may be headed for the silver screen once again. The Daily Mail reports that talks have been initiated by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig to bring Bridget Jones back for a third installment.
Those talks are still in their infancy with no deals being made just yet, but the musical adaptation of the eponymous Helen Fielding novel has West End aspirations for an upcoming season.
The show could making its West End debut as early as next year, as there are two theatres the production is reportedly eyeing. Today, The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye says that "one is the Adelphi, but going there would depend on how One Man, Two Guvnors - the hilarious big hit at The National Theatre - fares when it transfers there in November for an initial 16-week run with James Corden and the NT's brilliant ensemble. And the other venue? Well, I can't tell you about that. Yet."
Helen Fielding is collaborating the Bridget Jones book with Julian Webber. Stephen Daldry, the director of BILLY ELLIOT, last directed a workshop alongside Webber last spring. The workshop was choreographed by BILLY's Peter Darling. Working Title is producing the project.
The recent reading featured actress Sheridan Smith, current star of London's LEGALLY BLONDE, as Bridget Jones. Other actors allegedly includec Bertie Carvel (Mark Darcy), Julian Ovendon (Daniel Cleaver), Marilyn Cutts (Bridget's Mother), Billy Boyle (Bridget's Father), Tiffany Graves, Cassidy Johnson, Richard Frame, and Julie Legrande.
'Bridget Jones's Diary' follows a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a British single woman in her thirties who writes comically about her troubles, many of which involve her love life.