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'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel in the works

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel in the works © AP / Nia Vardalos 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel in the works

By Lucas Shaw

Nia Vardalos will write a sequel to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," her 2002 romantic comedy that grossed $368.7 million worldwide, Gold Circle and HBO announced Tuesday.

Vardalos starred in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" as a woman going through a mid-life crisis.  Unmarried, she discovers a handsome schoolteacher who gives her hope. She gets a new job, a new look, and, eventually a new boyfriend (the teacher). Her family does not approve at first because he is not ethnically Greek, but they continue to see each other. After a fitful engagement, the movie ends with their blissful wedding.

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Vardalos and co-star John Corbett will return for another visit (and another wedding) with the Portokalos family.

"Now that I'm experiencing motherhood, I'm ready to write the next chapter of my family story," Vardalos said in a statement. "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."

Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce the sequel with Vardalos, Paul Brooks, Scott Niemyer, Norm Waitt and Steven Shareshian executive producing.

Vardalos is writing and starring in "Leftovers" for Paramount and also on a tour for her book "Instant Mom. Vardalos is represented by Resolution, Untitled Entertainment, attorneys Jon Moonves and Tom Greenberg. CAA represents Gold Circle and Playtone.

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