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September 11, 2012

'Inbetweeners' star Simon Bird: 'Movie sequel depends on strong enough idea'

Actor clarifies the status of the mooted sequel to 'The Inbetweeners Movie'

'Inbetweeners' star Simon Bird: 'Movie sequel depends on strong enough idea'

The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird has insisted that a second movie will only go ahead if the show's creators have a "strong enough idea".

Released last year, The Inbetweeners Movie followed the show's posse of hapless teenagers - played by Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas - as they take an ill-fated holiday to Crete. It became the highest-grossing comedy film in UK box office history with takings of £45 million and was finally released in the US on Friday (September 7).

Last month (August), Damon Beesley told The Sun that he and the show's co-creator Iain Morris were "developing an idea for a sequel". Morris echoed his partner on Twitter, but told a fan that "we want to make sure we have a good enough story to tell". Bird later confirmed that there were "no concrete plans" for a second film.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bird has clarified the status of the mooted sequel. He explained: "There is some talk that we may end up doing another film, but again, that would be based on whether there’s another strong enough idea." Later in the interview, Joe Thomas joked that the sequel could involve his character, Simon, running for Parliament, before deciding: "I don't think he'd succeed. He'd piss off too many people."

Meanwhile, the US remake of The Inbetweeners TV series began on MTV last month (August) and is now onto its fourth episode. So far, reactions from American critics and fans of the original British series have been mixed.

Watch the trailer for the original film below.

Video: The Inbetweeners Movie Trailer

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