Like him or hate him, Seth MacFarlane is not going anywhere. After a stint with the Oscars that apparently a lot of people liked, a major hit film with Ted, and a spoof western with lots of big stars hitting sometime next year, MacFarlane has gone far beyond his humble Family Guy beginnings. We now have word that the next project on the dock for the director will likely be Ted 2, which now has an April 2015 release date.
MacFarlane teased the release date of Ted 2 on his Twitter feed a few days ago, saying that they’re aiming for a Passover 2015 release. Universal has since confirmed that date as April 3, 2015. As /Film points out, that will keep Ted 2 away from the major summer releases for 2015, which are slated to include Avengers: Age of Ultron and possibly Star Wars: Episode VII. Good planning on the part of Universal, then.
Seth MacFarlane is currently engaged in filming A Million Ways To Die In The West, starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson and himself. That film will hit May 30, 2014, which means that MacFarlane will likely start working on Ted 2 soon after wrapping that one. He’s going to be a busy guy for the next few years, it seems.
Whether or not we need a Ted 2 is another question entirely. The first Ted had plenty of success, partially because it was a slightly off-kilter idea to begin with. Sequels and trilogies are the name of the game right now, with Universal leading the studio pack in depending on franchises for their hit films. I guess no film really needs a sequel, but just about every film right now is getting one, so why not make one for Ted?
So, there you have it, you will get to see Ted 2 on April 3rd, 2015. Before that, you can catch MacFarlane’s entirely live-action act with A Million Ways To Die In The West on May 30, 2014. Oh, and then there’s always Family Guy. I guess it’s a good time to be a Seth MacFarlane fan.