Daniel Cleaver doesn’t have a track record of being particularly reliable—and Bridget Jones shouldn’t count on him for a third film, as Hugh Grant said he won’t be in one.
“The book’s excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different—or the script as I last saw it a few years ago,” Grant said in a Free Radio interview. “And in the end I decided not to do it. But I think they are going to go ahead and do it without Daniel.”
A third Bridget Jones film has been a long time coming. EW reported that Working Title Films was going ahead on a third film back in 2011, but the future of the franchise seemed less certain in early 2012 when problems with the script led to a production delay. At that point, Grant’s reps issued a statement saying that “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.” This all came before Helen Fielding published a third novel, which features Bridget as a mother of two, widowed after the death of Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth in the films).
Working Title Films and Universal did not immediately respond to requests for comment.