Nia Vardalos confirms My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, but production is on hold due to COVID-19

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Nia Vardalos confirmed long-standing rumors that there are will be another My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie on Instagram on Wednesday.

But with the confirmation also came the news that the third installment in the romantic comedy franchise is a problem.

It turns out that production, which is slated to make this relaunch in Greece, has currently been shut down as it cannot obtain insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans rejoice!  Nia Vardalos took to social media this week to confirm the rumor that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has been in production

Fans rejoice! Nia Vardalos took to social media this week to confirm the rumor that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 has been in production

“Yes, it’s true that we’ve been trying to film a script I wrote for over a year called My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. But what’s also true is we’re not filming,” Vardalos, 58, began. , in the video.

She then revealed that although the movie will be again ‘distributed by Universal Studios’ and ’employing hundreds of people’, the project cannot be assured.

“The fact is that we are an independent film and seemingly independent films cannot get insurance,” she said.

The ongoing coronavirus crisis requires films on set to receive expensive COVID-19 insurance. But the high price tag and the limited availability of pandemics has made it more difficult for all movies, especially India.

Snag: The writer and star of the movie franchise explained how the new project can't start filming because as an independent movie it can't get insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Snag: The writer and star of the movie franchise explained how the new project can't start filming because as an independent movie it can't get insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Snag: The writer and star of the movie franchise explained how the new project can’t start filming because as an independent movie it can’t get insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Bonafide Hit: Vardalos and John Corbett turned out to be a perfect pairing when they starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002

Bonafide Hit: Vardalos and John Corbett turned out to be a perfect pairing when they starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002

Bonafide Hit: Vardalos and John Corbett turned out to be a perfect pairing when they starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002

There are also additional costs of the compliance protocols, including officers, testing and equipment, which have contributed to increased budgets.

Vardalos encouraged her 127,000 Instagram fans and followers who ‘know someone who wants to insure an independent movie’ to inform her on her DMs and that they are ‘warmly invited to this wedding’.

After explaining how she understands the seriousness of the virus and its impact around the world, Vardalos shared how the film could play a small role in getting people back to work.

She went on to show off her comedic touch by adding, ‘I just wanted to explain this to you so that you guys, maybe some of you, although I love your enthusiasm, can stop calling my mom’s house and talk to you. ask if you can be there. Yes, anyone can be in it – if only we can get the insurance. ‘

The actress and screenwriter concluded with a Greek goodbye, which translated into ‘If we get film insurance, we’ll go to Greece to film’.

Huge!  The original movie grossed $ 368.7 million at the box office with a budget of just $ 5 million

Huge!  The original movie grossed $ 368.7 million at the box office with a budget of just $ 5 million

Huge! The original movie grossed $ 368.7 million at the box office with a budget of just $ 5 million

Continued: Vardalos also wrote and starred in the 2016 sequel - My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Continued: Vardalos also wrote and starred in the 2016 sequel - My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Continued: Vardalos also wrote and starred in the 2016 sequel – My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Along with Vardalos, the original 2020 film – My Big Fat Greek Wedding – starred John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine, Gia Carides, Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin and Joey Fatone.

It turned out to be a surprise hit, grossing $ 368.7 million at the box office with a budget of just $ 5 million.

Vardalos played Fotoula ‘Toula’ Portokalos, a young woman who is part of a large, boisterous and pushy Greek family who only wants her to get married and have children.

Toula shocked many in her family, including her animated father, when she began dating and eventually marries Ian Miller, a handsome white Anglo-Saxon Protestant man.

Vardalos also wrote and starred in the 2016 sequel – My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, which didn’t have the success of the original, but still deserved $ 90.6 million worldwide against a budget of $ 18 million.

Moneymaker: The first sequel didn't have the success of the original movie, but it still made $ 90.6 million worldwide on a budget of $ 18 million

Moneymaker: The first sequel didn't have the success of the original movie, but it still made $ 90.6 million worldwide on a budget of $ 18 million

Moneymaker: The first sequel didn’t have the success of the original movie, but it still made $ 90.6 million worldwide on a budget of $ 18 million