Well, it seems that the fans aren’t the only ones who would love to see a sequel to 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding, as two of the stars of that film, Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney, are making it clear that they would certainly be open to a follow-up set all these years later.
The premise of the original is that when they were kids, Julia’s Julianne Potter and Dermot’s Michael O’Neal made a deal with each other that if either of them are still single when they reach the ripe old age of 28, they’ll marry each other. Flash forward to four days before Julianne turns 28 and she’s told by Michael that he’s going to be marrying 20-year-old Kimberly (played by Cameron Diaz). It’s at this moment that Julianne comes to realize that she’s in love with him and grows determined to stop the wedding at all costs — though being asked to serve as Maid of Honor makes things more complicated. Thrown into the mix is Rupert Everett as George Downes, Julianne’s gay friend, who she convinces to pretend to be her fiancé to make Michael jealous.
While recently speaking to Entertainment Weekly about her Amazon series Homecoming (which happens to co-star Dermot), Julia, 50, was asked what character she would like to revisit, to which she answered Julianne. “I guess I think maybe it’s just because we’re talking about Dermot, but Rupert was so funny in My Best Friend’s Wedding. I guess Kimmy and Michael are married and they probably have kids. And then there’s me and Rupert,” she explained.
And Dermot, 54, makes no secret of the fact that he’d be interested in a sequel as well, noting that over the years the movie has continued to “worm” its way under his skin and (presumably) into his heart. Offers the actor, “I see more and more layers of how it holds meaning and sustains as a piece, and obviously it’s always been irresistible. I think there’s only about four people on Earth that could make a movie like that, and they include Rupert, Cameron, Julia, and me. So, let’s have at it.”
For the diehard fans, Sony has embarked on a Spanish language adaptation of the film called La Boda de Mi Mejor Amigo, starring Ana Serradilla, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Ferro, and Natasha Dupeyrón.
In a statement, Laine Kline, Head of Sony Pictures International Productions, offered, “My Best Friend’s Wedding was not only a box office smash worldwide, but a theatrical and cultural touchstone. You don’t often have the chance to remake and localize such an esteemed, successful, and important film whose DNA is woven into the romantic comedy genre as we know it today. We are excited to retell this story for new and old audiences.”
So if there isn’t a sequel, at least there’s a spin-off of sorts. Just sayin’.