With about $300 million in box office receipts, and not looking to stop its roll anytime soon, The Hangover Part II is a hit, despite the poor reviews. Of course a third film is inevitable and Warner Bros. has already hired Craig Mazin to write it. While many expected them to go with the obvious “Alan’s bachelor party gets messed up” premise, it looks like they’re actually switching things up.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, star Zach Galifianakis told the magazine that The Hangover 3 will have his character Alan in a mental hospital and Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) will have to break him out. Ditched is the “wedding plans take a turn for the worse” premise and it seems as if we may get a true sequel, not some carbon copy. There you go fans, you can now all breathe a sigh of relief.
The Hangover Part II had its moments, but the fact that it was a carbon copy of the first film really ruined it. I was totally expecting them to do the same thing for the third one but it looks like they’ve made the right choice. Taking the series in a different direction is exactly what they need to do and as a big fan of the series (despite the crummy sequel), I’m very happy we’ll be getting a new premise for our Wolfpack to mess around with.
I think I can safely say that no one wanted them to go with the “Alan’s bachelor party” premise. It would have been too much. Two carbon copies would have completely destroyed the series and ruined the legacy that the first film has left. Giving us a new premise is a smart move and one that will hopefully work out.