Nia Vardalos has confirmed Toula Miller and the rest of the Portokalos clan are coming back to the big screen in a sequel to the 2002 box office hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Twelve years after its initial release, Vardalos has written a follow-up film that she will star in with John Corbett, her on-screen groom. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was about a 30-year old woman struggling to find love amidst pressures from her aggressively Greek family. The sequel will show a different aspect of life through Toula’s eyes, in part, because Vardalos herself is in a different phase of her life.
“Now that I’m experiencing motherhood, I’m ready to write the next chapter of my family story,” the writer and actress said. “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 did try to parlay her film’s success into a CBS sitcom in 2003 called My Big Fat Greek Life. The show essentially began where the film left off, with a different actor playing her husband. The series debuted incredibly strong, but quickly declined in ratings and the sitcom was cancelled after seven episodes (yet was still nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award). But the 51-year-old has been plenty busy since 2002. She has since been involved in various romantic films, directing the 2009 movie I Hate Valentine’s Day and co-writing Larry Crowne alongside Tom Hanks. She also recently published a book Instant Mom about her experience adopting a daughter in 2008.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a small independent film made for only $5 million. It began with a very limited release in April 2002 in just over 100 theaters, but became so popular that it expanded its number of theaters every week for 25 straight weeks! It soon became a blockbuster hit and grossed over $240 million. Nia Vardalos received a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for her writing efforts. Vardalos has not included too many details regarding the sequel, but we hope some of the hilarious superstitions and fun traditions are brought back. Bring your Windex.