SPOILERS: New Bridget Jones Book, Movie In The Works
Every woman's favorite British neurotic, Bridget Jones, the brainchild of author Helen Fielding in 1996's Bridget Jones's Diary and 1999's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, will be reborn again in a third (as yet unnamed) Bridget Jones novel, Fielding recently announced, to be published in the fall of 2013.
Bridget Jones will also come to life for a third time in the upcoming film, Bridget Jones's Baby, the screenplay of which was written by Fielding and David Nicholls, though there was no novel attached to the project. Renee Zellweger will reprise her role as the titular character, and Colin Firth and Hugh Grant will return to the big screen as the charmingly awkward Mark Darcy and the diabolical Daniel Cleaver, respectively.
The third novel will reportedly not follow the plot of the upcoming movie, Fielding told the BBC show, Women's Hour. "The new novel is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget,” she said. “If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we’ll all be very happy.”
Bridget Jones will have undergone some changes in the new book. "She has grown up," Fielding said of her famous heroine. "My life has moved on and hers will move on too. She's still trying to give up [drinking and smoking], she's still on a diet. She's trying a bit harder, and is a bit more successful, but she's never really going to change."
Fielding also isn't giving away which supporting characters (read: Darcy and Daniel) will make a place for themselves in the third book. "Some characters remain and some may have disappeared," she said on the show. "They'll still be presences in the book. Like all of us you keep your friends, people stay in your life, but everyone's life moves on."
It has also been confirmed that there will be a musical version in the future of the Bridget Jones franchise, with which Fielding will also be involved.
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