AceShowbiz - Renee Zellweger is reportedly making a comeback as Bridget Jones with a son in tow. The 53-year-old actress is said to be returning to her famed role as the booze and "massive pants"-obsessed bachelorette for a fourth film in the popular franchise. On Friday night, July 22, The Sun reported that producers have been "secretly" working on the project.
Bridget last appeared on the big screen six years ago when the film "Bridget Jones's Baby" saw her pregnant and trying to work out who was the dad. The rumored upcoming film is understood to have been co-written by creator Helen Fielding, and will see Renee tell the story of motherhood with her boy.
"There have been few more successful or more popular rom-coms than 'Bridget Jones' over the last couple of decades, but everyone thought this one was done for good," a source said. "However the producers always knew there was a huge market for another sequel when the right story was available, and this feels like the right time to tell it."
"It will be seven or eight years since the last movie by the time this one hits the big screen," the source added, "and fans will be desperate to find out what happened. It's a British classic."
It turned out in the third "Bridget" film lawyer Mark Darcy, who was played by Colin Firth, was the father and not charming new love interest Jack Qwant, who was portrayed by Patrick Dempsey. The film also featured appearances from Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, Celia Imrie, as well as a cameo from Ed Sheeran.
Hugh Grant's sleazy character Daniel Cleaver did not make an appearance, but the door is open for his return in the new film as a newspaper headline shown at the conclusion of the last instalment revealed he had been found alive a year after his supposed death.
The film franchise, which was launched in 2001 and based on the best-selling book "Bridget Jones' Diary", was beloved for charting the struggles of binge-drinking, chain smoking Bridget as she struggled to find love in her 30s, and have grossed almost £1 billion at the box office.