How do you make a Father Of The Bride movie without a bride? As a result, don’t be surprised if the film changes its name to Father Of The Groom, but a third movie in the Steve Martin franchise is being planned, which will revolve around his gay son.
According to nikkifinke.com, a follow up to 1991’s Father Of The Bride and its 1995 sequel is in the works, which will see Steve Martin back as George Banks. While the first two movies followed Banks as he gave away his daughter and then had to learn to accept that she was now a woman, the third instalment will shift the focus to his son, Matty (originally played by Kieran Culkin), who’s now 29 and lets his parents know he intends to marry the son of a Navy SEAL.
George is apparently “thunderstruck and speechless”, as he’s not a big fan of all things gay. However in a show of solidarity with her child, George’s reaction results in his wife Nina (Diane Keaton) kicking him out of the house.
There are rights issues to be sorted, as while Disney/Touchstone made the 1991 and 1995 movies, Warner Bros now owns the original 1950 Father Of The Bride, starring Spencer Tracy, that the Steve Martin films were based on. Disney is apparently keen to make the new film and are currently trying to get the rights issues straightened. And with more and more US States allowing gay people to get married, it may allow them to catch the Zeitgeist (if the film is good).
Assuming everything is sorted out, original director and co-writer Charles Shyer will return to helm this third movie.