The co-chairman of Working Title Films, Tim Bevan, has insisted that the film is still in development; in an official statement last February to Deadline, he said, "Reports that Hugh Grant has exited 'Bridget Jones's Baby' are untrue. We are still working on the script hence the delay to the start of production, but the film is going ahead as planned." He also told the BBC, "'Bridget Jones's Baby' is like herding cats but they're beginning to fall into line."
Firth doesn't seem to be falling into line, though. He told the Chicago Sun-Times that "it might be a bit of a long wait. I wouldn't say that it's completely dead in the water, but the way it's going you might be seeing Bridget Jones' granddaughter's story being told by the time we get there. ... There is a joy of doing those movies that keeps hope alive. And the story is going in an interesting direction. I just wouldn't say that the movie is imminent."
In the meantime, he's got plenty of things on his plate, like a Woody Allen movie with Emma Stone, and an adaptation of the Mark Millar comic "The Secret Service." Firth will reportedly play a sort of spy mentor to his lay-about nephew. Millar has described it as "James Bond meets My Fair Lady."
[via Chicago Sun-Times]