Mike Fleming

greekSome 12 years after it was released and became one of the biggest independent films of its era, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is getting a feature sequel from Gold Circle, HBO and Playtone. Nia Vardalos, who wrote the first, has scripted the second installment and will star with John Corbett, her groom in the original Joel Zwick-directed romantic comedy. Also back is the brash Portokalos family.

Rita Wilson is producing with Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, with Gold Circle’s Paul Brooks exec producing with Scott Niemeyer, Norm Waitt, Steven Shareshian and Nia Vardalos. Good Universe is handling international sales. That is a long wait for a sequel, but the original reflected the sensibilities of Vardalos, and it took time for her to find the second installment.

“Now that I’m experiencing motherhood, I’m ready to write the next chapter of my family story,” Vardalos said in a statement. “Of course a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true.” The actress just published the book Instant Mom and is writing to star in Leftovers for Paramount.

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