After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s ( ) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?
Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack ( ), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.Just like the first film, , Bridget Jones’s Baby will also have an “R” rating.
To say this film has had its challenges and delays in becoming a reality is an understatement. In July 2009, Variety announced that a third installation of the Bridget Jones films was in the early stages of development. Working Title Films confirmed that it would not be based on Helen Fielding’s third Bridget Jones novel, but instead would be based on the columns she wrote for The Independent in 2005. On 1 March 2011, it was reported that both Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth were interested in reprising their roles. In July 2011, Paul Feig was in final talks to direct the film based on the script by author Fielding. On 11 August 2011, Universal Studios and Working Title greenlit the third film. On 4 October 2011, Deadline reported that Feig had exited the project due to creative differences with Working Title, and Feig had also worked on the recent draft of the script. Production was slated to begin in January 2012 with the returning cast including Zellweger, Firth, and Hugh Grant. On 30 November 2011, Peter Cattaneo came on board to direct the sequel, newly titled “Bridget Jones’s Baby” from a script by Fielding, Feig, and David Nicholls. Producers on board were Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, along with Jonathan Cavendish of Little Bird. On 3 February 2012, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the production had been delayed due to creative differences between the script of the film and actors, especially Grant as he disliked the script and reportedly exited the project, though this was denied by producer Bevan. However, the producer confirmed that they were working on the script and the film would be made as planned.
In April 2013, Firth spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times, stating “unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait,” and he said he “wouldn’t say that it’s completely dead in the water, but the way it’s going, you might be seeing Bridget Jones’ granddaughter’s story being told by the time we get there.” In an interview on 10 October 2014, Grant mentioned an existing script for a sequel, though he also expressed his dislike for it, and stated that he would not star in the third film. Later in the next week, producers hired Emma Thompson to rewrite the original script written by Fielding and Nicholls. On 25 June 2015, it was reported that final negotiations for the film were going on and Sharon Maguire, director of the first film would return to direct the third film. Gemma Jones and Jim Broadbent were also in talks to return for the third film to join the cast. On 9 September 2015, Patrick Dempsey joined the cast of the film. I am still unsure why after all these years they are making this sequel. There must be reasons why it has taken so long to get a script the actors will accept and why dropped out.