Todd Phillips Says Another 'Hangover' Sequel Would End Franchise
Though we'll be waiting over a week for The Hangover Part II to hit theaters on May 27th, some brief snippets about news of a third film in the series have come out of today's press junket for the summer sequel. Collider was around to catch director Todd Phillips speak vaguely about the potential of another sequel, and while some might be rolling their eyes, Phillips seems to be taking the stance of the Christopher Nolan of comedy, if you will, by saying that another sequel would be the end of the franchise. Phillips says, "Obviously we always envisioned it as a trilogy. The third would be very much a finale and an ending.
The director goes on to clarify, "I haven't discussed it with these actors yet. [It would] not follow the same template, but is very much a new idea." I'm not sure exactly what kind of new idea he'll bring to the table, but considering the second one doesn't look like a far cry from the first film, I can't imagine it would be a drastic departure from what fans have come to expect. Of course, many people will be wondering where the Wolf Pack would end up after Vegas and Bangkok turn into disaster trips. Phillips says, "As far as where it takes place. I'm very open. It'll be like being on the Olympic committee, being pitched and presented cities, flown around with wine and women and bribes."
Obviously he's joking, but the location of the films has very much become an integral part of the story, almost a character unto itself. In addition, those worried about a horror style franchise taking off with spin-offs of Zach Galifianakis' character Doug or any of the gang can rest easy. The director says the he doesn't want to spin-off any of the characters into their own film, but he said that once they're done with the series, Ken Jeong's character would have enough backstory to make his own movie (but don't count on seeing that obviously). My desire for another sequel in the comedy series hinges on just how hard the sequel makes me laugh, so we'll see how that goes next week. What do you think?
UPDATE: Just so we're clear, it mostly sounds like Todd Phillips was joking about a third film in this series being planned. Here's everything Phillips said in regards to another sequel:
"If we were to do a third one, and quite honestly we really haven’t talked about it as we just finished the movie two weeks ago, this is the first time we’ve all been together in awhile. If we were to do a third one, if the audience…if the desire was there…I think we have a clear idea where that would head and it’s certainly not in the same template you’ve seen these movies and obviously we always envisioned it as a trilogy as you can imagine (lot’s of laughter), the third would very much a finale and an ending. The most I could say about it and I haven’t discussed it with these actors is that it is not following that template but very much a new idea. 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 and then I will make my decision."
For now, it just sounds like Phillips is having fun with the press, but the questions remains, would you be interested in The Hangover Part III?