Universal Pictures has slated “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” for March 25 — setting up a box office showdown with Warner Bros. tentpole “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Universal announced the sequel to the 2002 comedy last November. Nia Vardalos is returning as star and screenwriter. The revelation of a big family secret and an even bigger wedding brings the Portokalos family together again in the second installment.
Kirk Jones (“Nanny McPhee”) will direct. The film will be produced by Rita Wilson and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Executive producers are Paul Brooks, Scott Niemeyer, Steven Shareshian and Vardalos.
The original film, starring Vardalos and John Corbett, was a surprise success with $368 million in worldwide grosses. IFC distributed “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in the U.S., where it grossed $240 million.
“Dawn of Justice,” starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, was originally slated to open this year on July 17, but was delayed and moved to May 6, 2016, in order to give the filmmakers “time to realize fully their vision.” The release date was moved once again from May 6, 2016 to March 25, 2016 to avoid a conflict with Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”