Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Emma Thompson 'brought on board to rewrite script for nightmare third Bridget Jones movie'

PUBLISHED: 09:53 EST, 13 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:30 EST, 13 October 2014

She won an Oscar for her adaptation of Sense And Sensibility, and now Emma Thompson is reportedly set to turn her hand to saving the third Bridget Jones film.

The 55-year-old actress is said to have been recruited to rescue the ailing movie after cast members gave the proposed storyline the thumbs down.

Bosses at Working Title Films have called in the British star to 'rewrite the first draft' of Bridget Jones Baby, which was originally penned by Bridget creator Helen Fielding and One Day author David Nicholls.

As well as no Hugh Grant, it's unclear whether the film's lead actress Reneé Zellweger would reprise her famous role after writer Fielding admitted she had lost touch with her.

The third film is expected to be very different from Fielding's novel Mad About The Boy, which sees a widowed Bridget in her early 50's raising her two young children as a single mother following the death of Darcy.

Bridget Jones’ Diary, the first installment in the franchise, was a box office smash in 2001, taking $281m around the world and breaking UK box office records.

Rewrite: Bridget author Helen Fielding killed Mark Darcy, pictured left, in her third book, but there are said to be plans to bring him back in the new film

Its sequel The Edge of Reason maintained its predecessor’s blockbuster takings with $262m in 2004 - but was panned by critics.

Instead the new screenplay is said to spare the life of Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy character and look at Bridget’s desire to become a mother in her early forties.

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