Universal Pictures will distribute the comedy which is scheduled for release in March, 2016 on the same weekend as Zach Snyder’s superhero juggernaut.
Original stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett will reprise their roles from the first film, which grossed an incredible worldwide box office haul of $368 million, over $241.4 million in North America alone, making it one of the biggest hits of 2002, and one of the biggest indie films ever.
Indeed, considering its extraordinary success, it’s surprising a sequel wasn’t produced sooner, although the first movie did spawn a short lived CBS sitcom. It should be noted Corbett wasn’t a part of the cast (Steven Eckholdt replaced him), as he was on another failed show called Lucky. My Big Fat Greek Life lasted one season, and Vardalos appeared uninterested in the role as her career was skyrocketing.
The original movie was an affectionate clash of cultures comedy, featuring a Greek lady, her, non-Greek fiance, and her overbearing Greek orthodox family.
Star Vardalos, who revealed that the follow-up will be about motherhood, has once again written the screenplay, having bagged an Oscar nomination for the Joel Zwick (Fat Albert) directed film.
British filmmaker Kirk Jones will direct the sequel, having helmed successful comedies Nanny McPhee and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
The movie started production on May 10 and includes original supporting stars Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Louis Mandylor, and Gia Carides. Real life couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are once again producing alongside Gary Goetzman.
The comedy will go head-to-head with Snyder’s huge superhero crossover Batman v Superman, but will of course be hoping to scoop up the highly lucrative female dollar. The first film opened against The Mummy spinoff The Scorpion King with star The Rock, and ended up being a smash hit despite never being number 1 at the box office during its release.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hit screens on March 25, 2016.