UPDATE: Though he might still be attached, Hugh Grant is acknowledging some issues he has with the Bridget Jones threequel. EW obtained the following statement from Grant’s rep: “Hugh is keen that Bridget Jones 3 happens, but Renee, Colin and he all have some issue with the present script. They are hoping to help work them out. “
EARLIER: Amidst reports that the next Bridget Jones film was falling apart, Working Title Films issued a statement today to confirm that all was well. “Reports that Hugh Grant has exited Bridget Jones’s Baby are untrue,” said Working Title’s co-chairman Tim Bevan. “We are still working on the script hence the delay to the start of production, but the film is going ahead as planned.”
Back in 2009, Grant told a reporter that he was reluctant to appear in a third film. “I don’t think so, no. I think even Bridget Jones 2 was a mistake to be honest with you,” he said. “It wasn’t a very good script, and I resisted it for a long time, and so did Colin and so did Renee. But we got kind of conned into doing it.”
The sequel intends to reunite Renee Zellweger with Grant and Colin Firth. The original 2001 original grossed $282 million worldwide, and 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason brought in another $263 million.