The news comes after several hints from the 59-year-old writer and actor over the past couple of years.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is now filming in Athens, Greece, and actress Nia Vardalos confirmed the news on Instagram She thanked her fans for lovely messages as they wait for another sequel of the iconic movie, first released in 2002.
Vardalos said in the clip, "And guess who the director is. It's me!" She wrote in the caption of the announcement, "Thank you to Playtone, Gold Circle, HBO and Focus! And much love and gratitude to you all for your support as we waited to film. Greece baby. Greece!"
Vardalos is the writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and also of its 2016 sequel which starred Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Andrea Martin, and Joey Fatone. In the record-breaking comedy film series, she plays Toula Portokalos. On a mere $5 million budget, it brought in more than $350 million globally. With her My Big Fat Greek Wedding co-star John Corbett, she previously directed the 2009 film I Hate Valentine's Day.
For the time being, plot details are a big mystery, although Vardalos talked about prospective returning cast members in a moving Instagram post from last year, reports Entertainment Weekly. Vardalos is shown in the image reuniting with Lainie Kazan, Louis Mandylor, and Gia Carides from the first movie to pay tribute to the late Michael Constantine, who passed away in September 2021 at the age of 94.
In the 2002 film, Constantine portrayed the patriarch of the Portokalos family. It presented the tale of his daughter Toula Portokalos, a young Greek woman who, against the wishes of her family, starts dating a non-Greek guy (John Corbett), with comic repercussions. She wrote alongside the picture, "He had told me he wouldn’t be able to join us for the third film and his wish was that we go on. I wrote the screenplay to reflect Michael’s decision and will always treasure his last messages to me, hoping we were filming soon."
She added in the post, "The various variants have made indies difficult, but we are hopeful. Please do stop calling my mom to ask if you can be in it and please do not tell me your ideas, the script is finished."
The original “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was released in 2002 to wide acclaim. Vardalos, who wrote the screenplay as well as starring, bagged an Oscar nomination for the film for original screenplay. https://t.co/52p3vr3FQL pic.twitter.com/1YTH5w1Vt7— Variety (@Variety) June 22, 2022
She also tweeted in Constantine's honor, "Michael Constantine, the dad to our cast-family, a gift to the written word, and always a friend. Acting with him came with a rush of love and fun. I will treasure this man who brought Gus to life. He gave us so much laughter and deserves a rest now. We love you Michael," per PEOPLE.
A third My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie was hinted at by Vardalos to PEOPLE in January 2020 as a "strong maybe." She said, "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. It is an offer the producers gave me during the filming of 2, and so it's just there, which is really, really nice to know that when I'm ready we'll have something to tell you."
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