Steve Martin to Return for FATHER OF THE BRIDE 3; “Bride” Now Gay Son [UPDATED]

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It’s been over twenty years since Father of the Bride, the 1991 remake of the 1950 film about a father dealing with the emotional and financial costs of paying for his daughter’s wedding.  I haven’t seen Father of the Bride or its 1995 sequel Father of the Bride Part II is over a decade, but I remember that they were charming enough with Steve Martin in the eponymous role and co-starring Diane Keaton as his wife, Nina.

Since everything 90s is now lurching its way back into theaters, there’s now word of Father of the Bride Part III with George Banks’ facing a new upper-middle class problem: his son’s gay marriage.  Hit the jump for more. [Updated: Martin has tweeted a response to this news.  Hit the jump for what he had to say]

According to Nikki Finke, Charles Shyer would return to write and direct and Martin is on board to reprise the lead role.  The big twist this time around is that Matty Banks (played by Kiernan Culkin in the first two movies), now an adult, is gay and getting hitched to a Navy SEAL’s son.  George, who apparently did not enter the 21st century with the rest of us, is “thunderstruck and speechless” and unhappy with his son’s gay marriage, so Nina kicks George out of the house.  You can already see the second act turn where George learns to accept his son, and the constant mugging Martin will do throughout the movie if this ever comes together.  It could also be his first on-screen performance since 2011′s The Big Year (he lends his voice to “Captain Smek” in DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming film, Home).

Ironically, if they had attempted this plot back in the 1990s, it would have felt fresh and exciting.  Even though it’s a little cliché-ridden, 1997′s In & Out went for the gay marriage angle, and the movie was a modest hit.  Father of the Bride 3 looks like it will be a couple decades late for the ceremony.

Also, as a side note, do gay men prefer to be called “brides” at their weddings?  Or would this movie be called “Father of the Groom” rather than Father of the Bride Part III?

Update: It looks link Finke isn’t as reliable back when she was at Deadline [and it tells us we should be more wary when trusting her information].  Martin tweeted out the following a few minutes ago:

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  • Manuel Orozco

    The comeback of the 90′s continues and boy that is just scandalous for a threequel to happen over twenty years later if this is some kind of joke who knows what I’m going to do

  • Steven

    I’m not even surprised any more by this type of update but this really seems like a weird franchise to go back to.

  • The Flobbit

    I may get flak for saying this, but there is such a thing as TOO politically and socially correct, and this is such a thing. And it’s also about 30 years too late. Where in the 90′s people would have applauded it’s daringness, now we just groan at an obvious attempt to A. cash-in on a beloved property. B. Attempt to be hip and politically correct by showing an alternate type of marriage.

    I realize this might be an unpopular viewpoint, but what can I say?

    • eternalozzie

      (insert flak here) … seeing steve martin on the screen again will be great no matter what he is doing.

      • The Flobbit

        Cheaper By the Dozen 2 begs not only to differ, but to smash you over the head with a small child and then trod on your prone body while making a poop joke.

      • eternalozzie

        you said “poop” :)

    • Farrell

      Stop apologizing for having an opinion man.

      • The Flobbit

        I was apologizing to avoid the potential flak from the gay community. Thankfully, everyone here seems to be rather civil, except for the requisite moron below.

    • Real Talk

      “What can I say? I’m a bigoted bible humping douche silo that loves to preach about love and acceptance unless it involves gay people.” Derp a der a derp a doo. People like you are such scumbag losers. I can’t stand your hypocritical bigotry that fundamentally misunderstands the message of the Bible. And, please, don’t respond with the laughably ignorant “you have to tolerate me being a bigot because of free speech, derp” argument that the hateful always shoot back with. Spare us all please. I have a right to call you a bigot when you act like a bigot, bigot.

      • Old Soldier

        That’s it Real Talk. Fight ”hate” with more hate

      • Real Talk

        Yes, defending prejudice is a good use of your time.

      • Old Soldier

        You’re not defending anyone. You’ve said NOTHING in defense of anyone. Just hateful childish remarks. See The Flobbit below.
        V

      • Real Talk

        whaaa, whaaa. Goo ga goo ga. That’s all I hear from you. “Why can’t I gay bash in peace, whaaa, whaa. Someone’s making my feelings ouchy for being a bigot.”

      • Old Soldier

        “Real Talk” indeed.

      • The Flobbit

        But when I hear you, I hear the unintelligible, idiotic moans of a troll.

      • Old Soldier

        You’re not defending anyone. You’ve said NOTHING in defense of anyone. Just hateful childish remarks. See The Flobbit below.
        V

      • The Flobbit

        And I have a right to call you a rude ignorant moron when you act like a rude ignorant moron, moron.

      • Real Talk

        BIGOT!

      • The Flobbit

        Dear Real Talk,

        Please die or get off this forum.

        Sincerely,
        The World

      • The Flobbit

        Dear Real Talk,

        Please die or get off this forum.

        Sincerely,
        The World

      • Real Talk

        Whining to Matt to ban me when you’ve been gay bashing, eh, bigot? Typical whining Right Winger playing the victim. Entitled bigot.

      • The Flobbit

        I am simply too bigoted and Right winged to dignify you with a reply any more.

    • Old Soldier

      Careful what you say. Someone you offended will try to take your stuff and make sure you NEVER make a living again.

    • Doug

      I don’t understand what’s “politically correct” about this. It’s a dude getting married. Should that never be depicted in movies? Is the only motivation to depict it to appeal to some ultra-left P.C. crowd? I don’t understand your logic.

      The long and short of it: calling things “too P.C.” is so 2000s.

  • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

    I would be more interested in Father of the Bride of Frankenstein.

    “You did WHAT with my daughter’s corpse?”

    *Cue Walkin’ on Sunshine*

    • Omar J. Sakr

      Um… shut up and take my money! I want to see this movie.

      Set it post-Frankenstein’s monster; he’s gone, and she’s trying to move on. Enter new romantic interest. The “twist” is that she’s marrying a living man, (a necrophiliac, clearly, or perhaps a blind man), and her father disapproves (he’s also undead for some reason), in a classic case of… liveism? Whatever. They’ll reconcile their differences on Halloween, when the living dude, played by Owen Wilson probably, defends the undead duo from irate Amish villagers, and pontificates about love transcending all barriers thanks to the power of lube, while an orchestra plays in the background. It will end with a beautiful decaying marriage whereupon the Bride will finally give in to her nature, and murder/eat Owen Wilson.

      You’re welcome, Hollywood. Go make this terrible movie; the tragedy is even this joke premise will still be better than half the crap that comes out this year…

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Didn’t we already kind of get his plot in Warm Bodies?

      • Omar J. Sakr

        I haven’t the faintest idea. I didn’t watch it.

    • Tyler

      I would pay to see THAT MOVIE.

  • Tyler

    Not interested. Why won’t Hollywood come up with original ideas instead of rehashing all these ideas from the 90′s?

    • Spanky

      Because the idiots continue to hand over their money for it

      Money talks, if they make a return on it, why should they care?

  • Cedhollywood

    As someone alluded to earlier this is a attempt to try and cash in and jump on the bandwagon that would’ve been better if this happen years ago. But as far as this franchise is concern of this particular movie,I think its a fitting end to this trilogy. The thing is that there really shouldn’t be that much innuendos or crass gay jokes. There will probably be the typical homophobia from some town folk or a neighbor or even a family member,but really it’s been tackled on the screen so many times already. If anything if I wrote this I would’ve played it straight (no pun attended). Just play as it should be,a comedy of a wedding. And that is a typical wedding with no mention or conflict that its a gay wedding with the usual Steve Martin funny hi-jinks of putting together that wedding.

  • Person

    I still love the first one and like the second, so I’ll keep my hopes up for this. Still need to see the old original one, though.

  • Kaine Morrison

    This series will remain a Duology to me!

  • Michael Horne

    This ranks pretty high on a list of Things the World Will NEVER NEED

  • doc

    Is it really necessary to follow the gay train set in motion by classics like I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry?

  • Tim

    Oh great, more homosexuality. Sad.

  • SomeGuy

    Wallace is getting married?

  • God’s Diamond

    I think it was Kieran that was in Scott Pilgrim, right? if so then this shouldn’t be a stretch for him. Personally I think Steve Martin should let this be.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Since this is about gay people and the institution of marriage, I hope this movie never sees the light of day.

    There. I said it.

  • anonymous

    Yo dumb ass stop dissing on gay people u damn hater they are just people like us ! You don’t know what gay people have to go through ! How the FUCK dare u ! -you should burn in hell for that u dumb ass

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  • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

    Didn’t I ban you? Oh well. Good-bye again, Mixed race rich kid NYC. We won’t miss you.

  • The Flobbit

    I think you deserve a medal for that. If religious hate speech gets banned, would you consider banning this Real Talk asshole above?

  • Real Talk

    So saying that people are bigots for not approving of gay bashing is religious hate? So pointing out prejudice nonsense now constitutes a hate crime? Do you even lift, bro?

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