The Hangover 3 – Sequel Plans30.05.11 # Sequel # 51 Comments
Is there going to be a The Hangover 3? Yes. In 2013. So what can we expect from it?
At the start of the year Ed Helms (Stu) said The Hangover 3 was unlikely. “I doubt it. I don’t think Todd would let that happen… I would hope that it kind of has a dignified legacy, if that makes any sense.” But money talks. The tone has changed. The Hangover Part II took $105 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend – the second biggest Fri-Sun opening for an R-rated movie (after The Matrix Reloaded), and the top-grossing weekend ever for a live-action comedy. Internationally it has earned $60m so far. The first Hangover was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy in history, with $277m domestic. Expect this to finish close.
Before it opened, director Todd Phillips said, “If we were to do a third one, if the audience, if the desire was there, I think we have a very clear idea where that would head. It’s certainly not in the same template that you’ve seen these movies. It’s a new idea. The third would be very much a finale and an ending. I haven’t discussed it with the actors. As far as where it takes place, I’m very open, like the Olympic committee, to being pitched and presented cities, flown around with wine and women and bribed. Then I will make my decision.” He added, “It will not revolve around a wedding or a forgotten night. …Alan will never get married. Alan’s asexual. If he doesn’t know that by now, he’s in trouble.”
So Phillips has his idea, but isn’t sure yet where The Hangover 3 will be set. He picked Bangkok for Part II, like Las Vegas, because it “just sounds like trouble”, and so there’s speculation that bad-behavoir-magnet Amsterdam might be next. When quizzed about going Dutch on the red carpet, the cast agreed it was a natural next step.
For me, whatever change they make they need to keep a strong mystery-to-be-solved element, and not focus entirely on the wild adventure, comedy and likeable characters.
What would you like to see happen in The Hangover 3? How should they change it up? Where should it be set? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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