Colin Firth has dashed hopes of a quick turnaround for a third Bridget Jones film adaptation.
The Oscar-winning actor, who played Mark Darcy in the first two films about the hapless singleton, told the Chicago Sun Times that another movie could be a long way off.
He said: "Unfortunately, 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."
Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding is currently working on the third book in the series which is expected to be published later this year.
A Single Man actor Colin's comments hint that it's unlikely we will see him and Renee Zellweger, who plays the unlucky-in-love diarist, back together in cinemas any time soon.
Colin, 52, told the paper: "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."
However, it does sound more hopeful than Working Titles Films head Eric Fellner did in December when he told ComingSoon.net: "We'll only do it if we can crack it creatively, so maybe we will, maybe we won't. We'll see what happens. If we can get it right next year, we'll try and do it next year, but if we can't, we won't."
It's thought the third book, and film if it is made, will be about Bridget Jones having a baby, but apparently film plans stalled when Hugh Grant, who plays another of Bridget's love interests, was dissatisfied with the script.
The character was created by Helen in her Independent newspaper column of the 1990s about a single 30-something woman living in London.
Colin has two films due out this year, crime biography Devil's Knot with Reese Witherspoon and World War II drama The Railway Man with Nicole Kidman.