WB Says 'The Hangover Part III' Will Be Last Entry in the Franchise
When The Hangover Part II brought in a quarter of a billion dollars at the box office, we figured it was only a matter of time before director Todd Phillips got the gang back together for a third entry into the comedy series. That time has come, and Warner Bros. has made the inevitable announcement today (via Deadline) that Phillips is reuniting with his Wolfpack of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis for The Hangover Part III, with production beginning in September 2012 this year, and a newly scheduled release date of May 24th, 2013. Plus, Phillips confirmed that Part III will be the final film in the franchise.
Phillips called the upcoming Part III "a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions," but I have a bad feeling this series is going to keep going past a third one. It won't be the first time a series has progressed past a natural end point - just look at the Saw franchise or the Final Destination series for examples, and the danger of this happening will only intensify if they could make even more at the box office than the second outing. Personally, I found The Hangover Part II to be essentially a less effective remake of the original movie. And while the first film was mostly harmless fun, there are things that happen in the sequel that should scar these characters for life. There's no word on the plot or setting of The Hangover Part III yet, but we can assume the same antics are in store for Stu, Phil, and Alan.