Director Paul Feig on the Success of Bridesmaids, the Possible Sequel, and What's Next
07.06.11 by Ryan
This summer's movie schedule is filled with the sequels, prequels and big-budget blockbuster tentpoles audiences have come to expect every year, but this summer also brought out several R-rated comedies, such as The Hangover Part II, Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, and
While The Hangover Part II has easily earned the most money so far (Horrible Bosses comes out this Friday), Bridesmaids has been a strong second, earning, to date, $154 million domestically, making it the highest-grossing movie of Judd Apatow's career (the Knocked Up director produced the movie). In an interview with Movieline, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig discussed the landmark.
It’s kinda what I secretly hoped would happen. The funny thing was, pretty much from the moment we wrapped and started editing, Judd would always — joking, but serious — refer to this as his most successful film. It was really exciting that it actually turned out to be that.
Besides the feather in Apatow's (and Feig's) cap, Bridesmaids also overtook 2008's Sex and the City in domestic box office to become the highest-grossing female comedy in the U.S.
I’m hugely blown away by that fact. I didn’t even know it was pending until that article came out in The Hollywood Reporter the other day. I just assumed Sex and the City had made like $250 million domestically. I’m very competitive in that way, I’m always looking at what record we can beat, but it wasn’t even on my radar, because I didn’t think we had a shot at it. I’m dancing in the streets about that one.
Considering Bridesmaids' success, a sequel seems like a step Universal Pictures will want to take, and is something Feig revealed in May was possible. Feig says he is "very open" to a sequel, though he admits one is not currently in the works.
It’s not officially been moved toward, but I’d be very open to it. It would just have to be as good or better than this one. What you don’t want to do is the one that ruins the memory of the first one. But nothing would make me happier if we could make another one with this amazing cast, and people go, "That’s awesome!" If it’s as good or as better than the first one, that would be fantastic. Because everything around it was great — the cast, the people behind the scenes, the stories we’re telling, the fact that we get to do movies for and with hugely talented women. What could be better than that? It would be great to carry that on, but, again, it has to be high quality.
For now, Feig is writing a comedy titled Dumb Jock which he hopes will star two of his "hugely talented" Bridesmaids actors, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm.
I’m very excited about that project. I’m writing with them in mind, and it’s just a love story that I’ve always wanted to write, that I think will be really funny, but will play much more real than most quote-unquote romantic comedies. Fingers crossed, I get them to do it.