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Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon will no longer be directing the sequel

08.07.2013

Despite two $100+ million films in a row in HORRIBLE BOSSES and IDENTITY THIEF, director Seth Gordon has decided to bow out of the HORRIBLE BOSSES sequel, according to Deadline. No new director has been named yet.

Gordon came to prominence with the documentary KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS before venturing into studio films with the Vince Vaughn stinker FOUR CHRISTMASES. He is also the creator of the short-lived FOX series BREAKING IN and is currently directing a new series, THE GOLDBERGS. New Line Cinema is saying scheduling conflicts are the reason for Gordon's departure, but why would you choose a sitcom pilot over a guaranteed box office hit? Maybe there is more to the story, including Gordon's deal with Universal to direct ONE NIGHT ON THE HUDSON starring Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.

I may be in the minority, but I was not a big fan of HORRIBLE BOSSES or IDENTITY THIEF. I like my comedy as broad as the next guy, but neither film did much for me. They both had moments that made me laugh but overall felt long and derivative. Any chance of me seeing HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 now depends on who ends up in the director's chair.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 is due to hit theaters in 2014.

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Source: Deadline

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6:29PM on 08/08/2013
Well, Motherfucker Jones can handle a camera. Get him to direct.

I laughed my ass during Horrible Bosses. The entire theatre laughed their asses off too. Many people would like another fun time watching the Horrible Bosses story. Unfortunately, Seth Gordon's departure might jeopardize our future assured good time. Gordon was part of the group. Hopefully, another good director takes his place. I need to laugh, goddammit!
Well, Motherfucker Jones can handle a camera. Get him to direct.

I laughed my ass during Horrible Bosses. The entire theatre laughed their asses off too. Many people would like another fun time watching the Horrible Bosses story. Unfortunately, Seth Gordon's departure might jeopardize our future assured good time. Gordon was part of the group. Hopefully, another good director takes his place. I need to laugh, goddammit!
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9:14AM on 08/08/2013
This turds films are only slightly watchable because of their casts. This guy, thus far, has shown nothing special.
This turds films are only slightly watchable because of their casts. This guy, thus far, has shown nothing special.
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11:32PM on 08/07/2013

i dont hate the guy

Horrible Bosses was good because the cast completely carried that movie. Identity Thief sucked because it relied too much on old Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy jokes. The guy's name doesnt sell tickets like Apatow or Phillips does so it's shouldnt matter too much to people.

The guy can still go either way, i'm all for venturing out into other projects so this i guess is good news to me
Horrible Bosses was good because the cast completely carried that movie. Identity Thief sucked because it relied too much on old Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy jokes. The guy's name doesnt sell tickets like Apatow or Phillips does so it's shouldnt matter too much to people.

The guy can still go either way, i'm all for venturing out into other projects so this i guess is good news to me
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8:45PM on 08/07/2013

Horrible Bosses by itself was hilarious! How many "good" comedy sequels are out there?

I loved Horrible Bosses, and in a summer where all the talk was Bridesmaids, I was saying Horrible Bosses was the funniest film of 2011! It had me howlin' in the theater for the entire length, which is rare with most comedies. With that said, I welcome a sequel, but it's not necessary, and with Gordon gone it's a sign. And let's face facts here, can you name 5 comedy sequels (I'm talking pure comedy only films) which were "good"? I've got Wayne's World 2, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,
I loved Horrible Bosses, and in a summer where all the talk was Bridesmaids, I was saying Horrible Bosses was the funniest film of 2011! It had me howlin' in the theater for the entire length, which is rare with most comedies. With that said, I welcome a sequel, but it's not necessary, and with Gordon gone it's a sign. And let's face facts here, can you name 5 comedy sequels (I'm talking pure comedy only films) which were "good"? I've got Wayne's World 2, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and The Naked Gun 2 and 1/2, Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Way more of a comedy than the original), and Hot Shots: Part Deux. Back To The Future: Part II is not a full out comedy. This just goes to show that most of the time repeating the same jokes from the original do not usually work as well, and maybe comedy sequels are just not needed at all.
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7:47PM on 08/07/2013
I thought Horrible Bosses was funny and that it had alot of funny scenes and one liners. And the fact that it had a very good cast also made it that much funnier. I'm not dieing to see a sequel, but it would be difficult to resist if the entire trio came back again with some new inspired casted bosses (ie maybe Alec Baldwin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, etc).

I'll give you Identity Thief though. Movie had its moments, but by the end I just got really sick of McCarthy's character and didn't
I thought Horrible Bosses was funny and that it had alot of funny scenes and one liners. And the fact that it had a very good cast also made it that much funnier. I'm not dieing to see a sequel, but it would be difficult to resist if the entire trio came back again with some new inspired casted bosses (ie maybe Alec Baldwin, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, etc).

I'll give you Identity Thief though. Movie had its moments, but by the end I just got really sick of McCarthy's character and didn't really care what happened to her at that point.
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5:40PM on 08/07/2013
Probably not his reason for leaving, but comedy sequels aren't necessarily a sure bet (see The Hangover). I liked the first movie mainly because it was the best thing I'd seen Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey do in a while, but I didn't leave the theater waiting with bated breath to see what these guys would do next.

Regardless who directs the thing, if they are going to make a sequel, they need to bring back Bob Newhart, because I loved his cameo at the end, and I wouldn't buy Jason
Probably not his reason for leaving, but comedy sequels aren't necessarily a sure bet (see The Hangover). I liked the first movie mainly because it was the best thing I'd seen Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey do in a while, but I didn't leave the theater waiting with bated breath to see what these guys would do next.

Regardless who directs the thing, if they are going to make a sequel, they need to bring back Bob Newhart, because I loved his cameo at the end, and I wouldn't buy Jason Bateman's character quitting.
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