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Opa! Nia Vardalos, John Corbett sign on for 'Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel

Get out your Windex! "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the little indie picture that surprised everyone in 2002 by raking in over $240 million in domestic box office, is coming back for a new installment — with creator/star Nia Vardalos and co-star John Corbett already attached to the production, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Vardalos confirmed the news on her Twitter feed Tuesday, indicating that everyone is invited back to the party:







THR also reported that "everyone" also includes original producers Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman; Vardalos will be among the executive producers. The new script will focus on a family secret and a new wedding.

Word of a sequel has been floating around for some time. Vardalos told The Huffington Post in 2012, "(I)t's only now that I've really become open to the idea (of a sequel). ... But then when John (Corbett) and I recently sat down to do that interview (for the 10th anniversary Blu-Ray edition of the film), we laughed so hard through the whole thing. It made me think that it's time. He said, 'Come on, write something, will you?' And I now think I will. We have such an easy chemistry together."

Made for just $5 million, the original "Big Fat Greek Wedding" turned into a sleeper hit, with the story of a schlumpy Greek-American (Vardalos) who falls for the non-Greek hunk of her dreams (Corbett) and blossoms in the process. But once the pair is engaged, the real challenge starts: He has to win over her extremely close-knit family, which includes a father who believes a little squirt of ammonia spray can cure anything.

The film started out as a one-woman play starring Vardalos, based on her real-life experiences (she wed "Cougar Town" actor Ian Gomez in 1993; they adopted a child in 2008), and took place in Winnipeg, Canada; for the film the location was moved to Chicago. A CBS sitcom, "My Big Fat Greek Life," was created to spin off of the movie's success in 2003, but only lasted for a few episodes.

Could the sequel be even better than the original? Seems hard to imagine, but as the TODAY anchors noted Wednesday, some No. 2 movies in a series do just that: They rhapsodized over 1999's "Toy Story 2," 1974's "The Godfather: Part II," and 1980's "Superman II," while Carson Daly noted that "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" "took it to another level."

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