“The Hangover” director Todd Phillips has set a sequel to this Summer’s sleeper comedy hit as his next project once he wraps work on the road trip comedy “Due Date” reports Variety.
‘Date’ re-teams Phillips with Zach Galifianakis, the breakout star of “The Hangover”, in the story of an expectant dad and his unlikely travel companion (Galifianakis) who race cross-country in hopes of making it home for the birth of his first child.
Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland penned the script which Adam Sztykiel rewrote. Production will begin October 6th for release early June 2010.
“The Hangover” sequel will follow the same schedule a year later, kicking off production next October for a Memorial Day 2011 release.
Phillips and Scot Armstrong began writing a script for the sequel after highly successful early test screenings. The film has achieved a $210 million domestic gross thus far, the second highest grossing R-rated comedy ever (beat only by Beverly Hills Cop’s $234 million gross).
The film is expected to end with a gross of around $240 million, making it the third highest grossing R-rated film ever behind “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Matrix Reloaded”.