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Movie news: ‘Bridget Jones 3’ gets a due date; King Kong and Godzilla face off

Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) and boyfriend Mark (Colin Firth) will have more adventures.
Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) and boyfriend Mark (Colin Firth) will have more adventures.

A due date

Normally, we’re wary of three-quels and the diminishing returns of movie franchises. But we’re talking Bridget Jones here, so maybe there’s hope. Renee Zellweger and (be still our heart) Colin Firth will reprise their roles in “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” which now has a due date of Sept. 16, 2016, says the Hollywood Reporter. Sharon Maguire, who directed the first one, will return as well. The hateful Hugh Grant is out, but Patrick Dempsey has signed on, presumably to stir up trouble as Bridget learns she’s pregnant.

Monster mashup

Speaking of sequels, maybe it was inevitable that two of our favorite giants would collide into an epic combination in 2020: “Godzilla vs. King Kong,” says Variety. Not sure why the great ape got second billing, but whatever. Leading up to that celebrity showdown are “Kong: Skull Island” in 2017, starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, and “Godzilla 2” the following year, featuring that monstrous nemesis, Mothra. Marvel and DC superheroes are now running for cover.

Driving a deal

Well, that was fast. The Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal is still chugging along, but Leonardo DiCaprio has optioned the rights to a book proposal from New York Times journalist Jack Ewing about the ongoing debacle, says The Associated Press. Ewing’s still-untitled book will explore the “more, better, faster” ethos and how it played into the scandal. DiCaprio, an environmentalist, would serve as a producer.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc