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The Hangover sequel officially gets moving

03.31.2010

Considering the first raunchy weekend made nearly half a billion dollars, a sequel to THE HANGOVER was a foregone conclusion.

A follow-up has actually been in the works before the first even hit screens (Warner Bros. wisely asked director Todd Phillips to start a sequel script as soon as they saw early test scores), and the cast has all been mentioning it and shuffling schedules, but the main factor keeping it from the starting line was, unsurprisingly, a small matter of fees.

See, THE HANGOVER's three main amnesiacs each only made a few hundred grand each to star in the film, but are now obviously worth much more. Deadline says that after some suit wrangling, Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis and Ed Helms got a bump to around $5 million each, while Phillips will get $10 and another big chunk of the backend. No word on Justin Bartha's upscaled pay grade, or if he'll have to spend the sequel mostly missing in action.

Of course, the studio is essentially trying to rebottle the lightning, since nobody ever could have predicted the wild success of the original, not even the filmmaker (who was so confident in his cast that he relinquishing his paycheck to keep them, and instead became an investment partner on the project... and ended up with around $50 million in his pocket).

Extra Tidbit: No word yet on what location or animals will be involved in the sequel, but Phillips has already dismissed the rumors of visiting Mexico or Thailand.

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1:09PM on 04/01/2010
They had a big hit, I saw it on DVD and didn't think it was as funny as I heard it was. 40 Year Old Virgin lived up to the hype, this didn't. But a sequel could be fun. Good for the actors for getting their payday, but with that overhead, they are already not going to make as much with the sequel.
They had a big hit, I saw it on DVD and didn't think it was as funny as I heard it was. 40 Year Old Virgin lived up to the hype, this didn't. But a sequel could be fun. Good for the actors for getting their payday, but with that overhead, they are already not going to make as much with the sequel.
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9:55AM on 04/01/2010
After finally catching this thing on Netflix I have two thoughts on the matter. Firstly, I was pretty impressed at how well they captured the madness of Vegas, without the cliches of mobbed-up casino bosses (that's OLD Vegas).

As to where they end up next, it really could be anywhere, though ideally somewhere with some lore to it. Honestly, it seems like it's high time they nuke the fridge on this thing, if they don't pick just the right locale.
After finally catching this thing on Netflix I have two thoughts on the matter. Firstly, I was pretty impressed at how well they captured the madness of Vegas, without the cliches of mobbed-up casino bosses (that's OLD Vegas).

As to where they end up next, it really could be anywhere, though ideally somewhere with some lore to it. Honestly, it seems like it's high time they nuke the fridge on this thing, if they don't pick just the right locale.
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7:31AM on 04/01/2010

over-rated

it was ok , has its moments , but not that funny
it was ok , has its moments , but not that funny
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12:17AM on 04/01/2010

How bout'

somewhere in the south somewhere? Them getting into adventures in the south like Georgia, or South Carolina or anywhere in that region would be awesome.
somewhere in the south somewhere? Them getting into adventures in the south like Georgia, or South Carolina or anywhere in that region would be awesome.
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9:49AM on 04/01/2010
Speaking as a southerner, Hollywood rarely gets it right. Granted, Galifianakis and Helms are, too, but I can't help but imagine it being a "My Cousin Vinny" type movie.
Speaking as a southerner, Hollywood rarely gets it right. Granted, Galifianakis and Helms are, too, but I can't help but imagine it being a "My Cousin Vinny" type movie.
12:08AM on 04/01/2010

Please go to Miami or Mexico!

Can't wait for the sequel.
Can't wait for the sequel.
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11:46PM on 03/31/2010
hmmm, maybe?
hmmm, maybe?
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