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Kidran signs up for Bridget sequel

Zellweger pic to shoot this fall

LONDON — Beeban Kidron is finally set to direct “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” the sequel to “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” for Working Title Films.

Like the first movie, the follow-up will star Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. It is expected to start shooting in November, with co-financing from Working Title’s parent Universal and Miramax.

Kidron, whose previous movie credits include “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmarr” and “Swept By The Sea,” has long been the front-runner for helming job, but all depended on Zellweger’s agreement.

“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” is adapted by Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding from Fielding’s own follow-up to her first Bridget Jones book. In it, Bridget discovers that life with Mark Darcy isn’t quite as perfect as she dreamed. The original movie was directed by Sharon Maguire.

Having signed up for “Bridget Jones 2,” Kidron is now no longer attached to the previously announced “Romford Matador” for Artists Independent Network, which is due to shoot at the same time.

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