Will Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Have a Season 2?

(L-R) Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and Brandon Mychal Smith of Hulu's 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'
(L-R) Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and Brandon Mychal Smith | Presley Ann/Getty Images for Hulu

We don’t yet know if Hulu’s reboot of Four Weddings and a Funeral will get a second season or not. The show was written to be self-contained so that if this season is the only season, it won’t leave viewers hanging. 

Then again, Big Little Lies on HBO was supposed to be one and done, and it came back for a second season. Who’s to say there won’t be more weddings or funerals?

‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ was a Best Picture nominee

The movie Four Weddings and a Funeral came out in 1994 with Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell charming audiences with its story about a habitual bachelor who meets an American girl at one of the four weddings. He is quickly smitten, and the two begin an on again, off-again relationship, with Carrie continually turning into the one that got away. 

The film accelerated the career of screenwriter Richard Curtis, who would go on to write or co-write other British romantic comedies with a sentimental heart and sharp sense of humor. His other credits include Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Love Actually, and most recently, Yesterday, about a man who becomes one of the handful of people who remember the Beatles. 

Four Weddings not only became a hit but surprised everyone when it scored a Best Picture Oscar nomination, with the other nominees being Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, The Shawshank Redemption and the winner, Forrest Gump. Grant’s career took off too, with him winning the Golden Globe for best comedy performance. He turned in a memorable speech, thanking then-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley “who put up with easily the nastiest, most ill-tempered prima donna actor in English cinema for six weeks – and then came back to me, which was really nice.”

How ‘Four Weddings’ became a TV show

The Hulu show was the brainchild of Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project,  who most recently wrote and starred in the movie Late Night with Emma Thompson. That movie and Four Weddings both reflected Kaling’s push for diversity. The show is not an adaptation of the movie so much as it is inspired by it. 

“I wanted to take the themes and the essence of the movie and apply it through my eyes of what I would like to see that I haven’t seen yet,” Kaling said in Entertainment Weekly. “I know so many beautiful, funny, interesting African-American girls and so many handsome, hilarious British-Pakistani and British-Indian guys and I don’t think anyone would put them together if I’m not going to do it.”

The central couple is played by Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel and Indian Summers actor Nikesh Patel as Kash. Patel said, “Let’s be honest, Four Weddings is one of the whitest movies ever.” 

Will ‘Four Weddings’ be back?

No decision has been made yet as to whether season 2 will happen. Kaling isn’t sure it’s even her decision. Deadline reported that at the Television Critics Association panel last month, Kaling said, “Is that up to us? We’re still editing Episode 10!”

Kaling’s collaborator, showrunner Tracey Wigfield, said the first season was written as a complete story, but she didn’t rule out a second season, saying “Anything can be anything.” 

As Refinery 29 put it, it’s ultimately up to a very important group of people: the ones watching it.

The site noted that the show “took things in a completely new direction. That means that if the show were to return for more, it could continue on with the group audiences (may) come to know and love. But, if you finish all 10 episodes and you want to see more of a series that, again, was slated as a limited one, you’re probably going to have to make some serious noise.”