The romantic comedy cinderella hit indie film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ was released in 2002 and was written by Greek-Canadian Winnipeg native Nia Vardalos. Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson saw the original play and later made the film on a $5 million budget. Nia starred in the film as Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos, a middle class Greek-American woman that falls in love with the upper middle class “xeno” (non-Greek) Ian Miller. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
The indie sleeper hit became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time, grossing $241.4 million in North America, despite never reaching #1 at the box office during its release. It was the highest-grossing film for 14 years until the animated film ‘Sing’ grossed $268 million in 2016. The sequel which came 14 years later titled ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’, was released on March 25, 2016 and only grossed $90 million at the box office with cameos by Rita Wilson and John Stamos. The sequel received a low 27% from critics and a 53% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times called it “a washed-out recycling of ethnic clichés and exhausted jokes”. Roger Ebert gave the sequel 1 star and said “the script is a mess, and no amount of Windex can clean it up”. We are hoping that the third instalment can bring back more of the fun, laughter, and charm of the original. The filming delays are of concern as some of the cast like the dad Gus Portokalos played by Michael Constantine is now 93 years old.
Nia Vardalos announced: “Yes it is true! That for over a year we have been trying to film a script called My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. What is also true, we are not filming…when we get film insurance, we are going to Greece to film.” Nia posted a video on her Instagram confirming rumours are true and that a My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is in plans and will be filmed in Greece. Nia made the announcement of MBFGW 3 on her Instagram page:
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