Warner Bros. Planning Another Huge Party with a 'Project X' Sequel
The film opened up last weekend to a decent $21 million box office take, which isn't bad considering it was an R-rated comedy up against the family friendly adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic book The Lorax. But apparently the party isn't over for the Todd Phillips produced comedy Project X as Warner Bros. is apparently quietly developing a sequel to the film already. This comes hot on the heels that co-writer Michael Bacall is also working on a sequel to 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill, not to mention figuring out how to perfect the Tropic Thunder spin-off film featuring Tom Cruise as super producer Les Grossman.
It's not clear whether Matt Drake is working on the script again, but apparently Bacall was commissioned to write a treatment for the sequel before Project X even hit theaters, according to THR. In addition, it's unknown whether the films young stars Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown will return for the sequel as well. The latter two made their feature debut on this project and Mann already has another role lined up in the Beautiful Creatures adaptation. However, the bigger question for me is, what kind of sequel are we looking at here? And when I think about that, the news kind of pisses me off.
First of all, let me say that I enjoyed the hell out of Project X. It had all the familiar elements of teen comedies before it, but somehow felt less forced and more natural and honest than many of them (save for anything from John Hughes). We had a lead character not unlike Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the longtime cute best friend of a girl where romance blossoms (from almost every teen film), the obnoxious friends (also a mainstay) and one huge life-changing party. But it's the style that made this film stand out. Not only was there barely a plot in the film, but it utilized a storytelling technique that had yet to be applied to this genre. In short, it was unique without being entirely original, and it harkened back to chaotic comedies of decades past like Animal House, but for a new generation. I'm worried that this sequel will be as forced and unnecessary as The Hangover II, and that's not good news for anyone. What do you think?