When I asked actress Julia Roberts and director Garry Marshall yesterday (at the â€œValentineâ€™s Dayâ€ junket) whether we might one day see the return of the â€˜Pretty Womanâ€™ Vivian, I almost expected to get the response â€œThereâ€™s already been a Pretty Woman sequel â€“ it was called Runaway Brideâ€.
Much to my surprise, I didnâ€™t get that excuse â€“ nope, got a whole new one this time â€˜round.
â€œNobody wants to see an old hookerâ€, laughs Roberts.
â€œValentineâ€™s Dayâ€ co-star Shirley MacLaine teasingly adds, â€œOh, Iâ€™m not so sure about thatâ€.
Disney has been trying for years to get a â€œPretty Womanâ€ sequel off the ground â€“ seems Roberts, Richard Gere and Marshall are the hold-ups.
â€œItâ€™s not that Iâ€™m anti romantic-comedy, which, for some reason, is always the favoured interpretationâ€, says Roberts, â€˜â€™I like being funny, I like being romantic … but itâ€™s challenging trying to find a script which is original or interestingâ€.
Roberts and co-star Richard Gere have been been presented with several â€œPretty Woman 2â€ scripts over the years, but they were all lousy. The actors have said in the past that everything theyâ€™ve read has simply been an imitation of the original 1990 film.