Ever since The Hangover became a runaway hit, we knew there would be a sequel. Very shortly after the film was a hit, talk began that the film might take place in Thailand. Perhaps that began with the film’s breakout star Zach Galifianakis, who said, “I think it’s going to be in a foreign country, and I think it has to be in an exotic place.”
In part, the Thailand talk also came about when we learned that the scuttled Old School sequel, Old School Dos, was intended to take place in Thailand. Might make it easier to pull together the Hangover sequel if some jokes had already been written for another similar Thai-set movie, right? But director Todd Phillips later said the rumor was bunk, putting things back at square one.
Until now, as ComingSoon reports that a source confirms that the film will be shot in Thailand this fall, “with a script that sees the characters from the 2009 hit comedy traveling to Asia.” The primary cast of the first film (Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Galifianakis) are signed and will return. There’s still time for Phillips or any number of other participants to deny this once again, so we’ll see where the talk about the sequel goes in the next few months. As long as the film is as entertaining as the first, it can be shot on the moon, for all I care. Actually, that would be a lot of fun…maybe for a third film.
Weeks after the monster success of The Hangover, Warner Bros and director Todd Phillips began talking about a sequel. Since then we’ve heard rumors that the story might be set somewhere outside of Las Vegas, possibly in Thailand. But while Phillips has promised that all the original cast would “definitely be returning for another adventure”, some stars have seemed reluctant in interviews. Warner Bros never thought the comedy would spawn a franchise, and didn’t lock/option the actors up for additional films. But if there were ever any doubt, it was quashed when last month we learned that Bradley Cooper pulled out of McG‘s romantic comedy called This Means War because it conflicted with Hangover 2‘s then July start date.
Deadline now confirms that Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are all now officially signed for the next adventure and each actor will be paid in “the vicinity of $5 million against 4% of first dollar gross.” In contrast, the trio earned less than $1 million collectively for the first film. They’re moving on up.
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Bradley Cooper has pulled out of McG‘s next film, a romantic comedy called This Means War. According to EW, Cooper was forced to make the decision due to scheduling conflicts: The July start date for the Fox romcom overlapped with the start of The Hangover 2. Reese Witherspoon is still attached, but not yet officially signed, same with McG. It is possible that this film might completely fall apart again. Fox has had this one for a long time; it was originally intended as a Martin Lawrence film, and a number of directors have been attached over the years.
The movie revolves around two best friends, inseparable since childhood, that fall in love with the same woman (Witherspoon) and go to war against each other. THR says the “ensuing battle escalates to mammoth proportions, with New York City demolished in their wake.”
Talking to EW, The Hangover director Todd Phillips gave the low down on the status of a sequel. He’s currently midway through the script, although no plot details are known yet. Phillips mentioned that he was thinking of ideas for a sequel while they were filming, and that Warner Brothers asked for a sequel as soon as they saw how well the film tested. He also promises that Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis will definitely be returning for another adventure.
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IGN has a good interview with Zach Galifianakis, conducted recently at the Television Critics Association confab, and he talked a bit about The Hangover 2. Specifically, the comedian sounds like he’s not just racing to do the film because he can, which is a relief. His comments and reservations are after the jump. Read More »
Now we know what Zach Galifianakis and Todd Phillips are going to do to celebrate The Hangover making several boatloads of cash: they’ll do two more movies together. Variety reports that both have signed on to make Due Date for Warner Bros., and then they’ll do The Hangover 2 next year. (Actually, the trade doesn’t specifically say that anyone but Phillips and his co-writer Scot Armstrong are currently set for H2, but the returning trio is a very safe bet.) Due Date is one of the three possible projects we reported on a couple of days ago, and one that has kind of a Hangover plus Planes, Trains and Automobiles implication as we learn more about the plot. Read More »
Put aside, for a moment, the notion that a comedy like The Hangover really doesn’t need a sequel. The movie has performed spectacularly well, and will likely earn $200m this summer, wo sequel plans that Warner Brothers laid months ago are very likely going to come to fruition. Which means that director Todd Phillips and stars Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper are already fielding questions about it. What they suggest we can expect from The Hangover 2 is after the jump. Read More »
When Warner Bros premiered the latest trailer for Todd Phillip‘s The Hangover in front of a packed theatre of theater owners at ShoWest, it received the biggest laughs and best response of probably anything shown during the 4-day convention. Personally, I was far more impressed with some of the other presentations (see the video blog), but you could tell that the movie exhibitors were in love with The Hangover. The film has also tested highly in initial test screenings.
So it comes as no surprise to me that Warner Bros has already announced a sequel, hiring director Phillips and Scot Armstrong to pen a screenplay. But the film doesn’t come out for another two months, on June 5th, but the studio wants to be ready, and hopes to go into production later this year. But for now, you can watch the movie trailer that was released last week.