Colin Firth has said "there may be a long wait" for a new Bridget Jones movie but don't fret, the third book is on the way.

The new installment of the Bridget Jones saga is currently being written by Helen Fielding and is expected to be published later this year. Production company Working Title Films said in December that it is unclear if another film will be made.

However, speaking to The Chicago Sun Times, Firth - who plays dashing Mark Darcy in the films - was a bit more positive about a new Bridget movie.

But he admitted it will likely take some time before there is any movement on the project.

"Unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait," the Oscar winner said. "I wouldn't say that it's completely dead in the water, but the way it's going you might be seeing Bridget Jones's granddaughter's story being told by the time we get there."

He added: "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."