Hold on to your granny pants and brace yourselves: a third Bridget Jones movie is in development, and it looks as though Renee Zellweger will return to the role of the desperate 30-something as she continues to pratfall her way through life.
The quicker-witted among you will currently be thinking, “Hang on! I thought there were only two books?” Well, you’re not wrong – but there are further developments. Author Helen Fielding wrote a further series of columns about Jones in The Independent in 2005 or so, which saw our heroine attempting to get pregnant while she still could, and not quite managing to kick either Mark Darcy (Colin Firth maybe) or Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant maybe) to the kerb. Thta there will be another film hardly comes as a surprise and I really can’t help but be cynical when considering Zellwegger hasn’t had a hit in quite some time!
But it’s all very early days: production isn’t likely to start until the end of next year, meaning that we won’t see this until late 2011 at the earliest. No writer or director is attached yet, but given the massive success of the franchise to date, and recent successes like Sex and the City and Mamma Mia!, I doubt they’ll have much trouble finding talent.