Entertainment
Amanda Pendolino
July 24, 2013

Why Are Kristen Wiig and Sandra Bullock Anti-Sequel?


The Heat was Sandra Bullock‘s biggest box office opening ever — but she doesn’t want to do a sequel.

“I know they say never say never, but right now, I can’t imagine it,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I don’t want to ruin what Melissa [McCarthy] and I had. If a miracle happens where [a script] shows up that really and truly outdid the first and provided an experience that was better than the first one, then I would look at it. But I’m not there.”

Before you gasp in shock, listen to Sandra’s totally reasonable point:  “If you look back on my illustrious sequel work [laughs] nothing has proven successful,” she said. “A sequel is such a daunting thing, because you don’t want to lose the magic and the charm of the first one.”

Indeed, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and Speed 2: Cruise Control are not exactly convincing reasons to jump onboard The Heat 2.

Still, Fox, the studio behind The Heat, is already at work on the sequel.

“We’ve got [The Heat screenwriter] Katie Dippold writing away on one,” director Paul Feig told Yahoo! Movies. “We had an idea that we thought was really fun.”

“I just love these characters so much,” he continued. “I want to see them fighting more crime and having more fun.”

Without Sandra, though, there wouldn’t be much of a movie — at least it wouldn’t feel like a true sequel.

Photo credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Photo credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

Sandra’s not the only leading lady who’s wary of sequels. Kristen Wiig recently told Harper’s Bazaar she turned down an offer to star in a follow-up to Bridesmaids, even though the film (also directed by Paul Feig) made over $300 million.

“It wasn’t a hard decision,” she said. “We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”

I’d love to see The Heat 2 or Bridesmaids 2. Are Sandra and Kristen making the right decisions?

Sequels to these films would likely get quick green lights and make gobs of money. And successful movies starring women can help kill the insidious idea that female-driven movies can’t be profitable. They would encourage producers and executives to keep making movies about awesome ladies.

But what if the movies are bad? It’s incredibly hard to reproduce the magic of a great movie, especially a comedy. Can you come up with a comedy sequel that was actually good? Sister Act 2 is one of the only films I can think of. I think it was a creative success because it explored a completely new (and good) story with a host of new characters, while still using the awesomeness of Whoopi. The Heat 2 and Bridesmaids 2 might not be able to do that.

Thinking about Miss Congeniality 2, Legally Blonde 2 and The Hangover 2, all disappointing sequels to great first efforts, perhaps Sandra and Kristen are right to pass.