Hugh Grant has not delayed “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” producers claim


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is the “Bridget Jones” sequel dead or isn’t it?

Conflicting reports are coming down the wire over the past 24 hours, leaving fans of Renee Zellweger’s beloved spinster with their heads spinning just a bit.

First, there were reports that the production on a third “Bridget Jones” comedy had stalled, and that script problems could doom the entire effort despite the involvement of original “Diary” stars Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. It is Grant, in fact, who was receiving the lion’s share of the blame for delaying the production, though producers now are coming to the funny man’s defense.

“Reports that Hugh Grant has exited ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ are untrue,” said Working Title 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.”

David Nicholls and “Diary” author Helen Fielding are fine-tuning the script, which will be directed by Peter Cattaneo. And for now, it sounds like these labor pains are minor, and the film will happen.

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