“Bridget Jones 4” in Development With Renée Zellweger & Hugh Grant Returning

Renée Zellweger in
Renée Zellweger in "Bridget Jones's Diary"

The Bridget Jones series has given us three successful films, and the next chapter is finally on the horizon. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is officially happening, and it will mark the return of Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson.

Inspired by Helen Fielding’s book Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, the upcoming sequel will reunite us with the titular quirky heroine, now in her early fifties. This novel saw Bridget Jones ponder many modern dilemmas while stumbling through the challenges of single motherhood, tweeting, texting, and rediscovering love and joy.

Renée Zellweger will be back as Bridget Jones for the fourth time, and she’ll be in pretty good company. Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson will also reprise their roles from the previous films in the franchise, and they’ll be joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Leo Woodall (One Day) in supporting roles.

Fielding wrote the script for the adaptation of her own book, which will be directed by Michael Morris (To Leslie). She’s also coming on board as one of the EPs alongside Working Title’s Amelia Granger and Sarah-Jane Wright, while Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Jo Wallett will produce.

This rom-com franchise kicked off with the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary, which earned Zellweger an Oscar nomination, and it produced two more sequels – Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Bridget Jones’s Baby.