The romantic comedy cinderella hit indie film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ was released in 2002 and was written by Greek-Canadian Winnipeg native Nia Vardalos. She starred in the film as Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos, a middle class Greek-American woman that falls in love with the upper middle class “xeno” non-Greek Ian Miller. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
The indie sleeper hit became the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time, grossing $241.4 million in North America, despite never reaching #1 at the box office during its release. It was the highest-grossing film for 14 years until the animated film ‘Sing’ grossed $268 million in 2016. The film sequel ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’, was released on March 25, 2016 and only grossed $90 million at the box office with cameos by Rita Wilson and John Stamos.
Nia Vardalos announced today: “Yes it is true! That for over a year we have been trying to film a script called My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. What is also true, we are not filming. We are an independent film, and apparently independent films cannot get insurance…when we get film insurance, we are going to Greece to film.” Nia posted a video on her Instagram that the rumours are true and that a My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is in plans and will be filmed in Greece, when possible due to the devastating ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Nia explained that many people want to be in the movie and call her mom non stop and ask to be in it. See her announcement on her Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/niavardalos/