Film Right then, let's address. As you will have seen and was reported to me by a few concerned citizens through social media, Comic Relief has announced that its mentor Richard Curtis has decided to produce a ten minute sequel to the worst film of all time for the televisual fundraiser.
As per Buzzfeed (and a hundred other news organisations looking to do something other than report on the end of civilisation as we know it) (yes, I appreciate the irony), shooting begins today.
The Red Nose Day website has the press release which has notion of what it'll be and lists who the returning cast is:
"Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson and Rowan Atkinson will be stepping back into their iconic roles, alongside fellow cast members Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lucia Moniz, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy and Marcus Brigstocke."Buzzfeed has some pictures of these people in case you'd forgotten who they are.
Here is my luke warm take:
(1) Neither Emma Thompson or Laura Linney are returning it seems so we won't discover if the two main female characters from the first film had happy endings in the end after all.
(2) What will the tone be? Is it going to be shot in the same style and potentially act as a thirteen years later epilogue to the original affair or are they simply going to shoot the thing like a single camera sitcom with everyone in the same room and take the piss out of themselves. At least the first option would have some integrity.
(3) Marcus Brigstocke's expanded role suggests his scenes will be with Bill Nighy subbing in for Gregor Fisher in his story.
(4) Stalker Mark is back to menace Peter and Juliet. If it's in homage to the original ending (and let's face it ...) that'll make him not just even creepier but probably a police matter.
(5) No Martin Freeman and Joanna Page.
(6) No Kris Marshall either so we should be thankful for small mercies.
(7) Of course its entirely possible that anyone missing from the list will appear in a suprise cameo.
(8) Yes I'll watch it. You never know it could be good.
(9) At least it isn't a Class minisode.
(10) I'm going to be writing a review, aren't I?
Is charity an excuse for any of this? Don't answer that.