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Update: Even though Helen Fielding's third book in the Bridget Jones trilogy, "Mad About the Boy," has seen huge first-day sales in the UK (and went on sale stateside October 15), neither Universal nor Working Title have snapped up film rights. (Working Title released the first "Bridget Jones" movie, and Universal the sequel, both worldwide hits.) So what does this mean for poor Bridget, now 51, a mother of two, and gloomy in the shadow of Mark Darcy's death via landmine? THR posits that Renee Zellweger's star has faded (her last film, 2010's "My Own Love Song," didn't receive Us distribution), and that Fielding's busy schedule with the book's imminent release in multiple territories has stalled the possibility of a film adaptation for the time being.  Also complicating matters is Fielding's original screenplay, "Bridget Jones' Baby," obviously set before "Mad About the Boy," which would reunite Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. »

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