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The Full Monty's Peter Cattaneo Will Deliver BRIDGET JONES'S BABY

Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth all return for the third Bridget Jones's Diary movie that shoots next year.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was reportedly fired from directing duties on Bridget Jones's Diary 3 because he didn't understand 'British sensibility' (which as we pointed out at the time begged the question of why an American was hired in the first place) but Universal and Working Title have found a very safe and predictable replacement to helm and the film is back on track. Deadline say Peter Cattaneo, the man responsible for perhaps the quintessential contemporary British comedy The Full Monty and now a staple of pop culture in this country (it was also Best Picture and Best Director nominated, a rarity for a comedy), will helm the continuing life and romance adventures of the hapless Bridget. The film also now has a title; Bridget Jones's Baby. It will shoot early next year and don't be surprised if it's ready by Christmas 2012. Yes, it's normally time to get concerned when either a follow-up to a film/tv show is taken abroad (but they already did that in the sequel Bridget Jones's Diary 2) or adding a baby in the mix to spice things up, which they are doing here. But what the hell, nobody is expecting much from this cash-grab from all involved. Firth, who plays Bridget€™s €œtrue love€ Mark Darcy, let slip the plot details last year (though it's obvious by the title);
€œI can tell you that Bridget and Mark can€™t have children, I think that€™s the way it goes on€ so then she makes the huge mistake of going back to Daniel Cleaver for long enough to get pregnant. And I think he dumps her, and she€™s left stranded, and guess who comes back to rescue her?€
Written by author/creator Helen Fielding and One Day writer David Nicholls the story revolves around a mid-life baby crisis and Bridget€™s desperate attempts to get pregnant now she is the wrong side of 30. Renee Zellweger (who has pushed for the sequel after years of diminishing returns on attempts to re-capture her popularity as a €˜ditzy€™ lead), Colin Firth (who enjoys making these movies and they pay better than Tinker, Tailor) and Hugh Grant (who hates acting but obviously needs to earn money sometimes) will all return. This will be director Cattaneo's biggest film since The Fully Monty. He has directed a few movies; the flop attempt to make Rainn Wilson into a breakout The Office star in The Rocker most noticeably and other films you won't have heard of, and strangely working to feed his family with the BBC comedy Rev recently but he's firmly back in the spotlight here.Well kind of. Can you name the two directors who made the two Bridget Jones movies? Bet you can't without checking...
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.