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Steve Martin Back for 'Father of the Bride 3' with Gay Marriage Twist

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June 16, 2014
Source: Nikki Finke

Father of the Bride

It seems appropriate that Nikki Finke brought news yesterday of the revival of another 90s franchise. But this time it doesn't involved monsters, superheroes, aliens or anything with blockbuster flair. Instead, Steve Martin is returning for Father of the Bride 3, a sequel to follow the first two film's from 1991 and 1995 respectively. However, Nancy Meyers won't be coming back to direct this time, and it will be the first two films' screenwriter Charles Shyer writing and directing the sequel. And this time, the story will have a relevant gay marriage twist with Martin's son Matty as the one getting married to the son of a US Navy Seal.

And for anyone who has seen the first Father of the Bride films, you can probably guess that George Banks (Martin) doesn't handle the news very well as a conservative, traditionalist. The father is "thunderstruck and speechless" about his son's revelation, so much that Nina (Diane Keaton) kicks him out of the house. In the first two films, Matty was played by a young Kieran Culkin, and enough time has passed that he could easily return in this role as an adult to play the role. We also hope Martin Short is able to return as the foreign Franck Eggelhoffer.

Right now Disney and Warner Bros. are figuring out the situation with the rights to the film with Shyer scripting along with Marc Klein (Serendipity, A Good Year). Honestly, the first two films are two of my favorite romantic comedies of all-time. They seem to be the last truly great films Martin made, though Bowfinger was surprisingly hilarious. We just hope a return to this franchise packs the same emotional and comedic punch as the first two delightful comedies. Interested?

UPDATE: Sounds like this might not be as solid of a project as reported since Steve Martin took to Twitter today to say, "So excited to read I'm doing Father of the Bride 3 since I haven't seen a script or been offered the role!" Someone may have jumped the gun on reporting a project, or maybe a rumor got out of control. But Steve Martin doesn't say he's not interested, so maybe there's a chance this could happen.

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  • Drejhead
    So Father of the Groom?
  • avconsumer2
    Really? I mean... really?
  • txJM
    Well...I'm out.
    • MAWG
      Really? That's appropriate!
  • Antonovs
    Disgusting, thanks for destroying great movie franchise.
    • Jesse
      How so? While I agree that often times rehashing a sequel several years later can't be seen as much more than a cash grab, I hope the subject matter of this film isn't what is deterring people. It's important for Hollywood to include these types of narratives. The more we see them, the more popular consciousness can shift towards acceptance.
    • Logan - DUUUUVALLLLLL
      go back to your cave
      • Antonovs
        You buttyboys are doing your best to destroy all the traditional values, joy steal children from normal parents. Read biology, gays can't have children is not possible. So keep your dirty hands away from others.
        • Logan - DUUUUVALLLLLL
          whose traditions? Uneducated redneck traditions? Well, in that case you're welcome that we rescue children from backwoods inbreds like yourself. Provide appropriate homes and a future away from a mobile home.
          • txJM
            Because all mobile home owners are straight?
          • Antonovs
            I am not even from USA. You don't rescue no one, the social services remove children on bogus charges and sell them on to you for adoption, and after you get those children you will do anything to convince them that being gay is more okay than being straight, or you will brainwash them that they are actually a different gender and must under go many operations.
  • rick
    Can't tell if they're doing this to be exploitative and "edgy" or if they're actually going to take the subject matter seriously.
    • The Walking Cuban
      What's the difference?
  • Chris Amaya
    I love the first two. Ugh.....
    • The Walking Cuban
      My sisters do too. Well, they'll probably still watch it. I won't. Didn't care for the other ones anyway.
  • kitano0
    The first two were the epitome of so-so, but I don't have kids, so what do I know? I really liked Jane Adams as the doctor in the second one, though.
  • TheOct8pus
    Steve Martin is kinda old and not funny anymore. His classic movies (too many to list) are great. He was awesome in those....but this movie shouldn't be a Father of the Bride sequel....they should recast it and make it a standalone movie....
    • joana don't
      BLASPHEMY. steve martin is still funny.
      • txJM
        Have you seen his Twitter feed? It's horribly boring. The jokes are not funny, at all. Look up his writing credits, and you'll see that he has precious little imagination. His delivery is what makes him entertaining.
        • joana don't
          i have seen his twitter. he's hilarious. maybe you just don't respond to his type of humor.
          • txJM
            There's no "maybe" about it.
  • Logan - DUUUUVALLLLLL
    Hopefully Diane Keaton will reprise her role.
  • Amanda Ellen
    Nancy Meyers didn't direct the first two movies, she co-wrote the screenplays with Charles Shyer. If Shyer directs this third one, he will have directed all three.
  • DAVIDPD
    Gay marriage twist? Great...
  • Randy Patton
    I'd go to see it. The first two were very funny, and actually touching. It would be good to see this group on the screen together again.
  • Judee Flick
    Notice he didn't say he wouldn't do it. Playing hard to get?
  • cobrazombie
    Not brave enough to have lesbians? It's always gay men because they're hilarious, right?
  • DJROBL
    Next up... The Jerk 2

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