Of the movies that gets sequels these days, most have to focus on some sort of superpowers or lots of explosions. Recently, sequels for a comedy franchise have been only granted to the likes of The Hangover, Grown Ups, or Beverly Hills Cop. Something like Father of The Bride, though it already had a sequel, seems less than likely to get any play in the current field of studio tentpole franchises. Yet, Nikki Finke reports that deals are being made between Disney and Warner Bros. for Father of The Bride 3. What’s possibly even more surprising about this announcement is that the plot for this sequel centers around gay marriage.
Finke offered some specifics, “…Little Matty is now 29 and gay and getting married to a Navy SEAL’s son. Father of the bride George is ‘thunderstruck and speechless’ and has problems with the whole gay thing. So wife Nina kicks him out of the house…” Focusing on gay marriage is surely a motivating factor in the revival of this franchise, especially given Modern Family‘s inclusion of a happily married gay couple.
So far, Charles Shyer, who directed and co-wrote the original Father of The Bride and Father of The Bride II, has been in these negotiations between Disney and Warner Bros. to write and direct this third installment. However, despite what Finke claimed, Steve Martin, the star of this comedy franchise, has yet to be looped in at all. Just an hour after Finke posted the news, Steve Martin tweeted a response:
So excited to read I'm doing Father of the Bride 3 since I haven't seen a script or been offered the role!
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) June 16, 2014
Nikki Finke hasn’t commented on the tweet. The only thing posted after this news on NikkiFinke.com is an “NF Advisory” stating, “For the next 36 hours, I need to work with my attorneys.” Still, this doesn’t change the fact that Hollywood is getting into a third sequel of what is a remake of a classic Spencer Tracy vehicle from 1950.
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