Colin Firth on ‘Bridget Jones 3’: ‘I think we might be ready’

A third movie featuring Renee Zellweger's much-loved heroine has been in the works since 2009

Colin Firth has given an update on the elusive third Bridget Jones film.

Firth played love interest Mark Darcy opposite Renee Zellweger’s heroine in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and the 2004 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The films were adapted from a pair of popular novels by Helen Fielding and also starred Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver, a rival for Jones’s affections.

Both films were big hits at the box office, grossing over $540 million (£350 million) worldwide between them, and a third movie has been in the works since 2009. Titled Bridget Jones’s Baby, it was given a green light by Universal Studios in 2011 but since then the project has stalled. In April 2013 Firth told fans that “it might be a bit of a long wait”.

However, in a new interview with The Independent, Firth has spoken more encouragingly about the film’s chances of being made.

“It would have to have somewhere to go,” the actor said. “Back at the time, I said that a third one should only happen if we were telling a story about having moved into a different generation when we were all beginning to deteriorate a little bit. I think we might be ready for that moment!”

Meanwhile, a Bridget Jones West End musical has also been in the works for several years. Lily Allen was recruited to write songs for the planned stage production, but last August she revealed that her involvement in the project had come to an end.