It’s time for Renee Zellweger to stock up on doughnuts and cheese pizzas again… Bridget Jones is back.
Just a day after Helen Fielding confirmed the title of the third installment of her book series, Mad About the Boy, I can reveal that British production company Working Title have acquired the rights to the film for £3million.
Which means Renee, 44, is going to have to put on 30lbs again.
The actress famously gorged on her favourite fatty foods for the first film in 2001 – for which she received an Oscar nomination – but hired a nutritionist to help her gain the weight for the sequel in 2004.
Rumours suggest that she and her co-stars Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are all signed up to take part in the flick.
In the book, Bridget will be “immersed in texting and social media”. And basically learning that it is never OK to text while drunk.
Last year it was revealed a separate film, called Bridget Jones’s Baby, was in the pipeline too. But Hugh, who plays slimy Daniel Cleaver, admitted he had not been bowled over by the working screenplay.
He said: “I’ve seen some scripts. They haven’t quite hit the nail yet, but they will. They’re working on it.”
Last month however, Colin Firth, aka Mark Darcy, was more complimentary, saying: “There is a joy of doing those movies that keeps hope alive.”
That film, said to be roughly based on some columns Fielding wrote after the second book, sees Bridget try for a baby.
But while things seem to be up in the air for Bridget Jones’s Baby, one thing is for sure – the Mad About the Boy book is out in October. Stick it in your diary…