Titled 'Bridget Jones's Baby', the film has been in the works since 2009

Colin Firth has given an update on the long-promised 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 seems to have stalled.

Asked for a progress report by the Chicago Sun-Times: Firth replied: “Unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait.”

Continuing, the actor explained: “I wouldn’t say that it’s completely dead in the water, but the way it’s going you might be seeing Bridget Jones’s granddaughter’s story being told by the time we get there. … There is a joy of doing those movies that keeps hope alive. And the story is going in an interesting direction. I just wouldn’t say that the movie is imminent.”

Meanwhile, Lily Allen has written songs for a West End musical based on the original Bridget Jones’s Diary film, but the production has to yet make it to the stage.