- “Bridget Jones’s Diary” author Helen Fielding has said that a fourth movie is in the works.
- It’ll be based on her 2013 novel “Mad About the Boy,” which sees Bridget explore single parenthood.
- Renée Zellweger has previously expressed her desire to play the lovelorn Londoner again.
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” author Helen Fielding has confirmed that a fourth movie about her self-deprecating and perennially lovelorn Londoner is in the works.
The first installment in the now iconic rom-com series, based on Fielding’s 1996 novel of the same name, was released in 2001 and starred Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant. It was followed by a sequel, “Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason” (2004), in which all three stars reprised their roles.
The most recent movie, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (2016), focused on Bridget falling pregnant but not knowing whether the baby’s father is her ex, Mark Darcy (Firth), or a charming American named Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). Grant’s character, Daniel Cleaver, was written out of the story as he chose not to appear.
In an interview with Radio Times magazine, Fielding was asked whether fans of the franchise can look forward to seeing Bridget back on the big screen anytime soon. In response, she divulged that she is currently working on adapting her 2013 novel “Mad About the Boy.”
“Yes, I’m working on it and I really hope it will happen. Every film that gets made is a miracle — it’s really difficult to make films happen and to make them good. But I’d love to see it on the screen,” she said.
“Mad About the Boy” takes place four years after the tragic death of Mark Darcy and sees Bridget navigate the difficulties of being a single parent and returning to the dating pool as a fifty-something-year-old.
Fielding did not confirm whether any of her previous screenplay cowriters, including Richard Curtis, Emma Thompson, and Andrew Davies, are working with her on the new script.
She also did not mention which cast members would potentially reprise their roles for the film. However, it is unthinkable that the film would go ahead without the involvement of lead star Zellweger.
Fortunately, over the last few years, the 53-year-old actor has been vocal about her eagerness to return to the role.
“Man, I’d love the experience of revisiting her. I love her. I just think she’s so much fun. She’s the best. Sure, if I got invited to do that, that sounds like fun,” Zellweger told Vanity Fair in January 2021.