Emma Thompson Says There Won't Be a 'Nanny McPhee 3'

Emma Thompson

Nanny McPhee was set to be a franchise for Emma Thompson, starring as the magical governess who teaches kids to behave. Based on the Christianna Brand books, 2005’s Nanny McPhee led to a 2010 sequel, Nanny McPhee Returns so there are many fans of the nanny. Unfortunately, those fans will not be getting a trilogy, and Thompson was sorry to break it to us. She recalled a phone call with the studio the weekend Returns opened in the U.S.

“I was in New York just packing my bags, literally packing my bag to go home,” Thompson said during a press conference for Saving Mr. Banks. “The phone rang. I said, ‘Oh, hello, how’s it going?’ It was opening weekend. [They said,] ‘Well, um.’ I said, ‘What? What?’ ‘Well, the box office, it’s not as good as we wanted it to be.’ I said, ‘Okay? What do you mean?’ This is what happens these days, just so as you know. ‘We projected that it would take $14 million. It only took 9.7’”

Though that sounded okay to Thompson, she quickly understood the studio’s position. “I never understand what that means,” she said. “I go, ‘Gosh, $9.7 million, that seems like quite a lot of money really. Anyway, you seem to be suicidal.’ So I better take that as evidence that there won’t be another one, and that’s how it works. It doesn’t matter how good the movie is. What matters is what it takes during the opening weekend. You guys should know that. It’s slightly distressing sometimes.”

You’ll see Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks opening December 20.

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