'Nanny McPhee' Director to Helm 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'
Universal will distribute the sequel, which will be directed by Kirk Jones
Universal will be throwing a big fat Greek wedding.
The studio has acquired U.S. distribution rights to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the sequel to one of the most successful indie movies of all time.
Kirk Jones, who directed Nanny McPhee and What to Expect When You're Expecting, has signed on to direct the film, which sees the return of star Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the script. The Playtone production centers on a family secret and an even bigger, fatter wedding that brings the Portokalos family together again.
Rita Wilson and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing, while Paul Brooks, Scott Niemeyer, Steven Shareshian and Vardalos will executive produce.
Universal also will distribute the film in Australia/New Zealand, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and Spain. Good Universe is handling international sales.
Greek Wedding started out as a one-woman play from Vardalos that told of her life growing up in a Greek household in Winnipeg and then marrying a non-Greek. Wilson, who is half Greek, saw the L.A. play and brought it to the attention of husband Hanks. The 2002 film earned $368 million worldwide and spawned a CBS sitcom spinoff, My Big Fat Greek Life.
Jones most recently helmed What to Expect, and he started out his career with Waking Ned Devine. He's repped by CAA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd. in the U.K.