Simon Bird confirms Inbetweeners Movie sequel
Simon Bird has confirmed that a sequel to The Inbetweeners Movie will happen.
In May the show's official Facebook group was used to deny stories that the film would be set in Australia and to clarify that, although there was an intention to make another film, contracts with the cast had not yet been confirmed.
Bird's latest comments suggest that he, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison have now signed up for the film - but also that fans will have to wait for the movie, as it will take some time to produce.
The actor, who plays Will in the hit comedy franchise, told What's On TV: "Yes we are doing another movie, but writing it takes a lot longer than people assume. When the last movie was such a success, people think you can just go ahead and do another just like it straight away. But the writers have to have time to work on the script and come up with ideas."
He added: "I also think us actors wanted just a little bit of a break."
Rumours of a sequel has circulated ever since the 2011 film, which was written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, broke British comedy box office records by taking over £13m on its opening weekend.
The success of the comedy has changed the lives of the four main cast members, but Bird pointed out that, at first, the show didn't look like it was going to be a hit. He explained: "The first series wasn't watched by that many, and there wasn't a particularly big reaction to it at the beginning, so after the first series we all went back to our jobs - Joe to tutoring, myself to doing my PHD, James was fitting kitchens, while Blake worked at the scare chamber at Madame Tussauds. Then the buzz started and it was all change..."
Bird was talking at the launch of Chickens, a new comedy in which he and fellow Inbetweeners star Simon Bird play men avoiding fighting in the First World War. The sitcom will begin on Sky1 this August.
Further detail about the second Inbetweeners film has not been released as the project is still in development.
Below is the infamous dance scene from the 2011 film:
Still Game, the hit Scottish sitcom starring Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan, is set to return to the BBC.
A group of comedians including Al Murray and Andi Osho will take over an entire advert break during ITV's soap opera Emmerdale.
E4 has ordered Bad Robots, a hidden camera show in which various electronic machines are rigged up to prank members of the public.
Prolific actress Dora Bryan, who featured in comedies as diverse as Catterick, dinnerladies, and Carry On Sergeant, has died.
Chris Barrie has expressed an interest in starring in a revival of the hit 1990s BBC sitcom The Brittas Empire.
Filming has started on Series 3 of BBC Three sitcom Some Girls.
Noel Fielding talks about how he's put story at the heart of Series 2 of his Luxury Comedy sketch show. Read
Steve Coogan's shows are back on TV. He talks about Alan Partridge, Tommy Saxondale, The Trip and more. Read
Freestyle hip-hop duo Abandoman are just about the most impossible-to-follow act you've ever seen. Read
Steve Coogan has been recording some voiceovers. Here's some of the funny ones which got cut out. Watch
The annual COFILMIC Film Festival has opened submissions for its 2014 competition. Read
iShorts+: Funny Girls is a new funding programme with 50,000 pounds to invest in female filmmakers. Read