Over a decade after the original became a total indie darling, Toula Portokalos and her quirky family are coming back to theaters in a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Nia Vardalos, who wrote the 2002 original, and John Corbett will reprise their roles as Toula and her husband Ian, the groom who marries into her huge (and highly entertaining) Greek family.
The sequel, announced Tuesday, will reportedly focus on the next chapter of Toula’s family story. As you may remember, the original wrapped up in a pretty nice bow with Toula and Ian moving into the house right next to her parents and sending their daughter off to Greek school.
“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.”
Vardalos, 51, also said in a statement that she was ready to continue the story after experiencing motherhood. She and husband Ian Gomez of Cougar Town adopted daughter Illaria in 2008.
Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman of Playtone will return to produce the sequel while Vardalos writes and directs (Joel Zwick helmed the original). Gold Circle and HBO Films are also involved with developing the film.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding began as a one-woman play written by Vardalos and was based on her own experience marrying Gomez. The film was first released in the United States in April 2002 and although it never reached the top spot at the box office, it grossed over $241 million in North America alone and went on to become the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, a title it still retains. It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
The sitcom My Big Fat Greek Life premiered on CBS in 2003 as a continuation of the story and opened to high ratings but was ultimately short-lived and lasted for just seven episodes. Vardalos is currently set to write, produce, and star in the upcoming Paramount film Leftovers and recently published Instant Mom, which tells the story of her daughter’s adoption process.