A few days after cancelling their ensemble romantic comedy “Wedding Banned”, Disney Pictures has also taken the axe to “Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride” reports Variety.
The 2007 comedy “Wild Hogs” turned out to be a surprise hit and shooting was aiming to begin in the Summer for the project about biker pals in midlife crisis. Director Walt Becker and the key cast members like John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy were in discussions to return for the follow-up.
Brad Copeland had written the sequel script with scribes about to be hired for a rewrite when word of the project’s scrapping came through. One of the big reasons for the scrapping was the failure of the Becker-directed “Old Dogs,” which starred Travolta and Robin Williams.
The project marks the third high-profile film that Disney has canned since new studio chief Rich Ross took over, following on from “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” last month and “Wedding Banned” only a few days ago.
Ross is proving a hardliner on films fitting the Disney family branded model which makes it especially tough for projects at the more adult-targeted Touchstone Films to get production green lights.