Bridget Jones’s Baby made its United States debut on Sept. 16, and while the film is already raking in big bucks at the box office, it’s also securing its place in history.
According to Bustle, the film — which is preceded by films Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason — not only marks the rare occasion of a “trilogy of romantic comedies with a female protagonist who has remained relevant for about 15 years,” it is also “ is the first movie trilogy with all female directors.”
Bridget Jones’s Diary, released in 2001, was directed by Sharon Maguire, while the second installment in the trilogy released in 2004 came under the direction of Beebon Kidron, a director from North London. Bridget Jones’s Baby, however, almost didn’t follow suit with another female director, reports Bustle.
Paul Feig (of Bridesmaids fame) was first slated to direct the project in 2011, says Bustle, but was later replaced by Peter Cattaneo (who ditched the production in 2012). But another change brought the film back on track to make history.
Bustle reports that this change was British actress and writer Emma Thompson, who “was brought on board to work on the script by Helen Fielding (who wrote the original Bridget Jones books) and Dan Mazer.”
And the rest, as they say, is history:
“Thompson joined the film at a time when reports were running wild that the third Bridget Jones movie was, for all intents and purposes, dead in the water,” Bustle says. “‘Trying to get a third film into production has been a nightmare,’ an anonymous source claimed to The Sun at the time. Whatever Thompson did seemed to do the trick. Soon, the movie was back in development, and Maguire was hired to direct. It might not be directly related, but it’s possible that hiring a woman writer (Thompson) to refine the script helped attract Maguire, a female director, to Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
What resulted was a film with a female director, two female screenwriter and a complete trilogy directed by females — one small, but important step in proving the talents and abilities of women everywhere.