Hangover Director Talks Writing Hangover 2

By Scott Gwin 2009-12-01 08:32:45discussion comments
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Almost every movie that makes more than twice its budget at the box office is quickly deemed a cash cow, and you can always count on movie studios to immediately grab that movie by the teats and start milking for all it's worth.

Todd Phillips, the director of last summer's obscenely successful Hangover is just such a teat and according to Entertainment Weekly. Warner Brothers has been milking away, setting him hard at work creating a script for a sequel (despite the fact that he didn't write the script for the original).

He isn't talking plot (though one can only assume it will involve three guys getting so drunk that they forgot what they did the night before), but Philips is definitely keeping the same trio of Helms, Cooper and Galifianakis. From his perspective, it wasn't the plot or setting the made the movie funny, it was the characters. "I think you can take those characters and put them in other situations," said Phillips, "and you donít need the sell of Vegas and a bachelor party and all that other stuff." Don't need Vegas? In what other city can you land a tiger in a bathroom, a midnight marriage or an eccentric character like Mr. Chow? The city was practically the main character.

Even if the characters would give a good writer a lot to go on, I'm not sure Phillips is the man to be crafting a plot for their next post-binge rendezvous. The fact that his recent writing resume includes School for Scoundrels, Starsky & Hutch and Road Trip raises a few doubts in my mind.
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