Considering The Hangover Part II had been optioned before the first was even released, it’s not shocking to discover that Craig Mazin, who co-scripted the sequel, has been signed to write a third film. While there’s been some conjecture about the Wolf Pack heading to Amsterdam, we’re only into that concept if the trio run into Harold & Kumar for a mutual trilogy closer. But considering Warner Bros. exec Jeff Robinov announcing that he has dreams about a fourth Hangover movie, it doesn’t seem likely the new film will be quite so final—even if director Todd Phillips has suggested he’d like it to be.
While Ken Jeong is definitely up for another go-round (“Those guys are like family to me, so it doesn’t matter—big part or small part…Well, I guess I know a thing or two about small parts”), the primary trio have yet to announce their excitement. Will Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper all be into another run, or will someone get choosy/greedy? Will a third movie be radically different in tone or another wedding-related adventure in an exotic locale? As long as the box office doesn’t drop precipitously after Part II‘s blockbuster Memorial Day weekend, we should find out sooner than later.
In case you were already worried about not getting enough face tattoos, satchels and strip club machine-gun fire in your life after The Hangover Part II leaves theaters, director Todd Phillips‘ Hangover trilogy can be yours soon enough…provided the rest of America gets onboard. “It’s something that I would do in a heart beat because I love working with these guys so much,” Phillips said, confirming that he’s already been thinking about making a third Hangover. “We’ll see how the audience feels and how the actors feel, of course, it’s up to them, but if the desire is there, I have a really good idea for it where we really depart from this blue print of our first movie and really end it. I mean obviously it was conceived as a trilogy, so it would be nice to do it.” Ten thousand dollars says they lose Ed Helms‘ baby in the third movie. Just reading that sentence is as good as a handshake to us.
That being said, if Hangover Part III is in our nation’s destiny, the cast is going to have to work to make a movie dirtier than the upcoming sequel, out May 26. “Ken Jeong, Chow, gets naked a lot!” Bradley Cooper raves. “On his own accord by the way, none of that was ever in the script.” Jeong admits that he felt the need to one-up his naked trunk escape from the original film, explaining. “We just gotta keep swinging for the fences… the only thing offensive about anything in The Hangover would be if we did not swing for the fences and go for it, because, for me, to do anything mild would be offensive.” Sounds like Hangover III would have to be rated NC-17. Just how we like our comedies.
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