Ignoring the basic question of 'Do we really need a sequel to Bridesmaids,' let's go to the next question: Do we really need a sequel to Bridesmaids if Kristen Wiig and her writing partner Annie Mumolo aren't involved?
The answer feels a lot like 'No.' In fact a Bridesmaids 2 without Wiig feels beyond pointless; Universal is apparently hoping to focus a sequel on Melissa McCarthy's character, but that's a classic example of studio execs misunderstanding why a supporting character works (hint: because she's supporting).
The Hollywood Reporter says that the problem may be that Wiig feels as though Universal cheaped out on her with bonus payments on the low cost/high gross film, but a look at her upcoming slate - a bunch of dramedy and more serious stuff - indicates that maybe Wiig just doesn't want to go back. It's a smart decision, because as The Hangover Part 2 proved, comedy sequels are rarely worth the effort.
"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."
Judd Apatow, the producer of the film, says that there's been no serious talk of a sequel. "We don't want to do it unless it can be great. I don't think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year." An anonymous source tells THR that it's unlikely Judd would want to move forward with a sequel unless Wiig and Mumolo are involved, but anonymous sources don't sign contracts, do they?
Wouldn't it be cool if Bridesmaids was a really great movie, a huge blockbuster surprise and also one and done? It would make sense to reunite many of the people involved, but do we need a direct sequel? Especially since you can almost guarantee the sequel is about McCarthy's character getting married. See, cause that would reverse the dynamic so you could remake the first film with some wacky changes.