Love Actually is getting a sequel, but there's a catch

Love Actually gets a sequel

Much-loved British romantic comedy from Richard Curtis will get a 'where-are-they-now' 10-minute special for Comedy Relief's 2017 Red Nose Day in the UK.

The romantic comedy gods have blessed us all with a belated Valentine's Day gift: Love Actually, hands-down the greatest film of all time, is getting a sequel. But there's a catch.

The reboot, which will see the likes of Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth and Rowan Atkinson reprise their roles, will only be a short film lasting for about 10 minutes. 

Love Actually's director Richard Curtis has written the script, and hopes to explore what the characters from the 2003 flick are up to in 2017. 

Hugh Grant stared in <i>Love Actually</i> as the newly-elected Prime Minister.
Hugh Grant stared in Love Actually as the newly-elected Prime Minister.  Photo: Universal Studios

The film is being produced to support Comic Relief's Red Nose Day fundraiser next month. Previous Red Nose Day specials have seen spinoffs of Mr BeanThe Vicar of Dibley and Blackadder

Curtis told Deadline he thought it would be a "fun idea" to do a short sketch based on one of his previous films while raising money for an important cause. 

"I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to," he said. 

"We've been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part - and it'll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and re-creating their characters 14 years later."

Love Actually was a wild success when it hit cinemas in 2003, raking in more than $US240 million at the box office. It has since become a Christmas classic. 

Curtis said the sequel, even though it will be brief, will have the same "spirit" as the original - meaning diehard fans can expect a dose of the warm-and-fuzzies. 

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However, the Emmy award winning director did not reveal any key plot points.

For example, will Colin Firth and his Portuguese lover hate each other once they begin to understand one another properly? What ever happened to Sarah and Karl?

And more importantly, how will the sketch deal with the fate of Alan Rickman's character, Harry?

Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman in a scene from <i>Love Actually</i> (2003).
Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman in a scene from Love Actually (2003). Photo: Supplied

Rickman, who played seminal roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter franchise, died last year at the age of 69. 

The Love Actually spinoff will air on the BBC on March 25.