Patrick Dempsey in Talks to Join Third 'Bridget Jones' Film

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Sharon Maguire, who helmed the 2001 film, is returning to direct.

The one and only McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey, is in talks to join the third Bridget Jones's Diary film, Bridget Jones's Baby.

It looks like the long-stalled project is finally picking up steam, with Sharon Maguire, who helmed the first film, coming onboard to direct.

It's been 14 years since the first film based on Helen Fielding's novel hit theaters, and the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason came out in 2004. Fielding released the third book in the series, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, in 2013 to strong sales.

The third Jones's film, a production from Working Title Films, will be co-financed by Universal Pictures, Miramax and StudioCanal.

Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth are returning for the next installment, but Hugh Grant will not. The third book follows the funny, accident-prone protagonist as she attempts to navigate single parenthood, online dating, loss and love.

Since helming 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary, Maguire has directed just one other feature film: 2008's Incendiary, starring Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. She also directed a segment of Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, which featured short films tied to the issue of mental illness. She's repped by UTA.

Dempsey is known for playing Dr. Derek Shepherd on TV series Grey's Anatomy. He's repped by UTA, the Burstein Company and Stone, Meyer.

Principal photography for Bridget Jones’s Baby will begin on October 2 in the U.K.

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