The Playlist is reporting that The Hangover Part III, the inevitable sequel to 2011’s The Hangover Part II, is getting ready to shoot this summer, which would place its release date on Memorial Day 2013. Warner Bros. is apparently quite eager to get things rolling, so eager in fact that reports say they’re willing to shell out $15 million (against backend) to each of the film’s stars (Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms).
The first film only paid the three stars less than $1 million each while the second film gave them $5 million plus bonuses. $15 million each is quite a pay bump but what can you do, it’s not like WB can do the film without The Wolfpack.
“If we were to do a third one…I think we have a very clear idea where that would head,” director Todd Phillips said. “It’s certainly not in the same template that you’ve seen these movies. The third would be very much a finale and an ending. The most I could say about it, what’s in my head, and I haven’t discussed it with these actors, is that it is not following that template but very much a new idea.”
Note how Phillips assures us that the film will use a new idea. To me, that’s essential and it’s very reassuring to hear. The second film was pretty lame, it was a carbon copy of the first film and for me, it offered little entertainment due to the fact that it was just the exact same thing all over again.
If they actually do implement a new idea/premise, then I think we can expect a proper and respectful ending to the trilogy. I loved the first film so I’m really hoping they can end things off on a positive note.
How about you, looking forward to The Hangover Part III?