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With Hangover II smashing records this weekend and grossing over $200 million worldwide, Warner Bros. is beginning to get the creative gang together for the third part.
Craig Mazin, who co-wrote the Bangkok-set sequel, is in early talks to come back to write the new script for whose story details are being kept secret.
Todd Phillips, who’s directed the first two movies, has intimated in recent interviews he has an idea for a third installment of the raunchy comedy movies, which center around a simple concept: a trio of guys – played by Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms –blackout after a wild bachelor party and then retrace their steps to find out what really happened.
Talk of a third move surfaced several weeks ago when Part II was tracking off the charts. Part II was famously put into development two months before the first movie came out when Warners hired Phillips and Scot Armstrong to write the script. The studio was high on the strong test scores and in an unusual move, especially on something not based on a comic book or brand, hired the writing of the sequel in April before the movie’s release in May.
(The first Hangover was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, with an uncredited rewrite by Phillips and Jeremy Garelick.)
Mazin wrote Hangover II with Phillips and Scott Armstrong. The CAA-repped writer’s credits include Scary Movie 3 and 4, and writing and directing the comic book parody movie Superhero Movie.
Warners had no comment although a high-level executive said that a third movie is all but a given.
CAA, which reps the writers, the director, and the three actors, says no deals have been made for Hangover Part 3.
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