After the monster weekend that Warner Bros. enjoyed with The Hangover Part II, there was no question at all that a third film would quickly go into development. The first step in that process is pulling a writer to develop the script, and Warner Bros. and Legendary have reportedly tapped Craig Mazin for that gig. And if a recent interview he gave is any indication, the third film might have a hell of an ending.

The Tracking Board and The Wrap report the hire of Craig Mazin, who wrote the execrable sequel with Scot Armstrong.

Last week, the writer talked to Badass Digest about possible ideas for the third film, saying:

I think the third movie ends with Doug (Justin Bartha) staring at a row of crosses in a graveyard. It’s everyone – his wife, his family is dead, everybody from the first movie is dead. Somebody shows up and tells him his dog is dead.

We’ve seen director Todd Phillips saying more than once that he wants to break the mold of the first two films for the sequel, and so something that is completely devastating and apocalyptic like that would be one way to go.

Hopefully this would come as part and parcel of some of the characters being forced to recognize who they really are. Stu (Ed Helms) saying “I have a demon in me” at the end of the second film doesn’t nearly go far enough to engage the fact that he turns from responsible stuffed shirt to raging sociopath when he drinks.  I’d rather see the third film ending with Stu finding that he has destroyed everyone around him, but since this one is probably supposed to be a comedy, I don’t really expect something that hardcore.

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