Paul Feig Departs Bridget Jones Sequel

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Universal is on the lookout for a director for their upcoming untitled Bridget Jones sequel. Deadline reports that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who was working on developing the property, has stepped down as a helmer and Universal Studios is now on the search for a British talent to match the film’s sensibilities.

The original film, released in 2001, was based on the novel Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. It starred RenĂ©e Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth and earned an impressive $544.4 million worldwide. It was followed by a sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004.

Earlier in the year, Fielding hinted that Bridget having a mid-thirties baby crisis would be a central plot in the novel, though she was uncertain at that time if the third novel and the third film would feature the same storyline.

A director is expected to be announced shortly with production eyed to begin in January of 2012 with Zellweger, Grant and Firth all expected to return.