Wendi McLendon-Covey: I won’t do a Bridesmaids sequel without Kristen Wiig (Exclusive)

Talk of a Bridesmaids sequel started as soon as the opening weekend box office numbers were released in May of last year, but it took until this past January for the buzz to boil over, which is when the film’s breakout star, Saturday Night Live‘s Kristen Wiig said plainly that it’s not on her list of things to do. “We aren’t working on that,” Wiig, who co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo, told The Hollywood Reporter. “Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel. We are writing something else.”

End of story, right? Wrong. Reports surfaced saying that Universal would still be interested in Bridesmaids 2, even without Wiig’s participation. Cue Internet outrage. Since that time the outrage has settled but the talk of a possible sequel has sort of gotten to the ‘Well, if there’s a great script, we’ll do it’ phase.

But Wiig’s schedule is impossibly busy these days. She’s starring in and executive producing the dark comedy Imogene; she’s starring in another dark comedy called Revenge For Jolly! and is shooting The Secret Life of Walter Mitty alongside Ben Stiller and Sean Penn; she’s prepping to shoot Freezing People Is Easy, which co-stars Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken; she’s signed on for The Comedian alongside Robert De Niro and she’ll be voicing a character in How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Still the fans are asking for all the ladies — Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rose Byrne and Ellie Kemper — to reunite in a new film. But when I asked McLendon-Covey at The Comedy Awards last night if she would do a sequel without Wiig, she flatly said, “No. It has to be Kristen.” And anyway, she points out, “No one has the time to write it, but I know we’d all be on board if someone wrote it and if it was good. Kristen will be busy for the rest of her natural life, and we’ve all been pretty busy.”

She’s not exaggerating. McLendon-Covey can next be seen in the ensemble comedy flick What to Expect When You’re Expecting (out May 18) as well as Steven Soderbergh’s latest film Magic Mike, out in theaters June 29– in addition to no less than three more projects. So, the good news is even if we never see Bridesmaids sequel we’ll be gifted with plenty of Wiig and McLendon-Covey. Good deal.

Dylan P. Gadino

Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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