Universal acquires rights to My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Universal has acquired the rights to the sequel of the 2002 comedy 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'

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Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos

Universal has acquired the rights to 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'.

The sequel to the 2002 comedy - which was distributed by IFC Films - has been taken over by the studios who are set to release the movie in the US and much of the rest of the world, reports Empire.

The movie - which was first announced back in May - will see star and screenwriter Nia Vardalos reprise her role as Toula Portokalos, although she has since been replaced as director by 'Nanny McPhee's' Kirk Jones.

Nia will be joined in the follow up by John Corbett - who played her love interest in the original - and previously said she's ready to take on the project since she's "experiencing motherhood" after she adopted a daughter, Ilaria, with husband Ian Gomez.

Vardolas wrote on Twitter: "I'm working on the MBFGWedding sequel; now that I'm experiencing motherhood I feel ready to write this next chapter.

"A few jaded press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true. (sic)"

Later she added: "Re: #MyBigFatGreekWedding2, thank you for the love, yes the entire big fat family is invited back for the sequel. (sic)"

Vardalos has written the script for the project and the plot involves a "bigger and fatter" wedding than that in the first film

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks will produce with Gary Goetzman.

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' received generally positive reviews and was a box office success and grossing over $368.7 million worldwide.

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