Nia Vardalos announced a sequel to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Tuesday, 12 years after the hit independent film propelled her into stardom.
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" earned $241 million at the domestic box office and led to a CBS sitcom spinoff, "My Big Fat Greek Life." The 2002 feature film starred Vardalos as a first generation Greek-American woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man, played by John Corbett, and struggles to bring him into her family circle. The film reportedly cost just $5 million to produce.
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Both Vardalos, 51, and Corbett, 53, will reportedly revise their roles as Toula Portokalos and Ian Miller respectively in the film.
The Hollywood Reporter writes
that the sequel's plot will be "bigger and fatter" than the original, with the script, written by Vardalos, revealing "a family secret and a new wedding."
Vardalos made the "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" sequel announcement on Twitter Tuesday, writing, "Now that I'm experiencing motherhood, I'm ready to write the next chapter of my family story. Of course a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true."
In an interview with Mashable.com
, Vardalos told the website, "The entire My Big Fat Greek Wedding family is invited back and we'll have a few new guests."
One person who won't be making an appearance in the sequel is Vardalos' daughter. "She's a minor and we keep her life private, but she will be on set with the family, eating their way through craft services," Vardalos added.
A director has yet to be named for the project.
When asked by Mashable if she would assume the role behind the camera, the 51-year-old said, "I don't want to direct because I like an impartial set of eyeballs watching and editing. Plus, I'd like to become a better actor and that's only possible with someone prodding me."
Vardalos, who received a Best Screenplay Academy Award nomination for "My Big Fat Greek Life," is currently in the midst of a book tour, promoting her new book "Instant Mom," which chronicles her experience balancing being a first-time mother with the stresses that come with her Hollywood lifestyle.
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