Curtis, ‘Bridget Jones’ Screenwriter,
by Darcy Plot Twist
Alex Suskind | Moviefone - October 2, 2013
Jones’s Diary” fans are still reeling over yesterday’s news that
their beloved Mark Darcy would be offed in the upcoming third
installment of Helen Fielding’s bestselling series.
Darcy, memorably portrayed on screen by Oscar winner Colin Firth, has
become something of a fan favorite since the first book and its
corresponding adaptation were released more than 10 years ago. But even
though fans are clearly enraged at the thought of losing Darcy, not
everyone is broken up about the news.
Richard Curtis, the screenwriter of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and
its sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” was taken aback but
didn’t seem too upset with Fielding’s latest plot twist.
“I thought I knew what the plot was, so I was taken by surprise,”
Curtis told Moviefone while promoting his upcoming film, “About
Time.” Even more surprising to Curtis was the fact that his daughter
Scarlett had known Darcy would die for the past year.
“Helen’s been my best friend since I was a baby. But Scarlett is her
goddaughter, and they get on much better than Helen and I do. So Helen
sent her bits and told her all about it and no one shared it with me.”
(Curtis echoed similar thoughts at a BAFTA lecture earlier this week.)
Though Curtis stated that he won’t be participating in the
long-gestating “Bridget Jones’s Diary 3” – “I’ve done two of
the films and I think that’s going to be it. I am looking forward to
reading [the book]” – he did add that “Colin Firth dies really
well [on screen]. If there’s going to be a movie, I think we can rely
on him to die with maximum drama.”