Hangover director Todd Phillips has joked that he "always" planned the nearly-identical films to be seen as a part of a trilogy. And since Part II of the Wolf Pack reunion is on track to become the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, it's inevitable that details of the next movie are already being bandied about.
This morning, Zach Galifianakis reignited the rumor mill about the plot for the third film (the Return of the Jedi to what Phillips dubbed the last movie's Empire Strikes Back theme) in a Rolling Stone cover interview. Here's what else we've noticed the stars saying about the plot of the third film, from its location to tone and structure:
What the Actors and Director Have Said:
- Bradley Cooper - Days before the sequel's release, he relayed: "I'll do a third no matter what...We've all agreed to the tone of the third one, and what it has to be - which is completely not adhering to the formula of the second....So, for the third one, there will be no missing night. It will be an interesting thing." We interpret: So, it will diverge from from the formula. Also, he seems optimistic that everyone will sign on for the second sequel.
- Ed Helms - Long before the second-sequel was virtually green-lighted by virtue of its enormous five-day box office haul, The Office star remarked in January that he doubted a third film would happen: "I don’t think Todd would let that happen....I would hope that The Hangover kind of has a dignified legacy, if that makes any sense." We interpret: We're trying to figure out what was "dignified" about the first two films.
- Todd Phillips - Days before the sequel's release, he speculated to Vulture: "My idea is serious. Deadly serious," he promised. "It will not revolve around a wedding, and it will not revolve around a forgotten night, I'll tell you that much. It's just a different structure. We'll see." We interpret: It won't be as formulaic as the first two films. And, who knows, maybe he was secretly planning a trilogy all along but just didn't tell anyone.
- Zach Galifianakis - In Rolling Stone this morning, Zach got the closest to explaining what a plot line would look like: "According what he's heard, the plot ditches the format of the first two and focuses on his character escaping from a mental institution with help from the wolf pack." We interpret: That could be what Phillips meant by a "deadly serious" plot, but Galifianakis could also be just guessing.
- Jamie Chung (Ed Helm's Fiance in Part II) - She told the Hollywood Reporter: "Probably Amsterdam...If you think of the coolest, craziest cities in the world, it would have to be Las Vegas, Bangkok and Amsterdam." We interpret: That would be a logical place to have a similarly-themed, wedding-based sequel. But considering Phillips's desire to break formula, maybe Amsterdam would be too logical.
- Ken Jeong (aka 'Mr. Chow') - In the same article, the Reporter suggested his feelings about another sequel were like this: "[He] doesn't care much where it is, as long as he's involved." We interpret: He probably doesn't know much about the plot.
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