Todd Phillips Lines Up Due Date and Hangover 2 with Galifianakis
by Alex Billington
July 10, 2009
Comedy director Todd Phillips must really be riding a high right now. His latest film, The Hangover, is easily the sleeper hit of the summer, with an impressive $210 million earned at the box office so far. Variety just published an article looking at what's up next for him (and his enormous new salary), and thankfully he's already got it sorted out. Phillips will next direct the road trip comedy Due Date and follow that one year later with The Hangover 2. Stand-up comic turned actor Zach Galifianakis is already set to star in Due Date and will most likely return for The Hangover 2, making him and Phillips quite good buddies.
Due Date, written by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland then revised by Adam Sztykiel, is a comedy about fatherhood in which an expectant dad and his unlikely travel companion (Galifianakis) race cross-country in hopes of making it home for the birth of his first child. Sounds a bit like The Hangover but-- well, you get it. As for The Hangover 2, a plot hasn't been announced for it yet, but Phillips and his writing partner Scot Armstrong are already writing the sequel. Warner Brothers gave them the go-ahead back in May, before The Hangover had event hit, because they were so confident it'd be a huge success. And it obviously was.
The Hangover is one of those somewhat rare Hollywood success stories. The article in Variety addresses Phillips' struggles with the studio and how they decided to just give him the go ahead with his cast even though they weren't exactly their top choices. I enjoyed the film but it's not one of my favorite movies of the summer. However, I will be following both Due Date and The Hangover 2 to see where Phillips takes us next. In the meantime, does anyone have any ideas for The Hangover 2? Where can they go this time?