If you are a woman of a certain age, Bridget Jones’ Diary likely had some kind of an effect on you. If you are a man of a certain age, you may likely have been forced to sit through all three of them. Well, rejoice! Because Bridget Jones is coming back to our screens.

Oscar winner Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson are all set to return for Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy at Universal Pictures and Working Title.


Colin Firth will not be back as Mark Darcy, because his character was unceremoniously killed by a landmine in Sudan off-screen / off-page between books. I am not making this up. So that is a lack of reason, accountability, and now stability. There is some kind of hideous glimpse inside minds here, and a lesson that should be learned.

It will be based on the latest best-selling novel by Helen Fielding and follows on from Bridget Jones’s Diary, (2001), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), and Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016).

Michael Morris (Better Call Saul) will direct. New cast members this time around will be Chiwetel Ejiofor and Leo Woodall. According to the schpiel for the book:

“What do you do when a girlfriend’s 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s 30th?

Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating?

Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?

Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant?

Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?

Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day?

Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, tweeting, texting and redisovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and outdatedly call ‘middle age’.

The long-awaited return of a much-loved character, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, witty, wise and bloody hilarious.”

Yes. We will be the judge of that.

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Jo Wallett produce. The movie will get a cinema release, but not in the US where it will be released on Peacock on Valentine’s Day 2025. You have been warned.


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