Fox Searchlight Greenlights Sequel to 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
It looks like the charming geriatric tale The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gets the honor of being one of those rare comedies that gets a sequel. Movie Scope has learned the 2011 film from director John Madden and writer Ol Parker has a greenlit follow-up in development at Fox Searchlight. Based on Deborah Moggach's novel These Foolish Things, the film followed a group of British retirees - composed of British talents like Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy - who decide to take their retirement to less the expensive and exotic India at the restore Marigold Hotel that has since fallen apart.
Parker will return to script the sequel (though there's no book for it to be based on this time), but it's not clear if Madden will return to direct. Most of the original cast is expected to return as well, but there's no release window just yet. The script will be completed in the next couple months, so a release in late 2013 or early 2014 seems likely. The first film only cost $10 million to make and has raked in over $134 million worldwide, so that's nothing to bat an eye at. Hopefully Fox Searchlight isn't just being greedy and this will be a sequel that actually has as much heart as the first film.