After Daddy's Home grossed $240.4 million at the box office back in Christmas 2015, it was always likely that a sequel would be greenlit. Especially once Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg agreed to return. Yesterday it was confirmed that Daddy's Home 2 was in active development, and that Paramount was looking to beef up the cast. You'd have thought that Paramount might take their time with the comedy, but instead they're clearly in quite a rush because it has now been revealed that Daddy's Home 2 will be with us on November 10, 2017.
Considering that Daddy's Home 2 hasn't even begun production, and the rumored additions to the cast haven't been confirmed, that gives returning director Sean Anders less than nine months to prepare, shoot, edit, and promote the comedy. Fingers crossed that the director doesn't come across any problems during its production, otherwise things are going to get very tight indeed.
Variety's confirmation that Daddy's Home 2 will be released on November 10 makes sense when you look at the schedule. Paramount are putting it up against The Star, which is an animated film from Sony, as well as Red Sparrow, an original thriller from 20th Century Fox that's directed by The Hunger Games' Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.
Paramount must be confident that Daddy's Home 2 offers a sufficient comedic alternative to the above, especially since Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell have proven a big box office draw with the original and The Other Guys. In fact, Daddy's Home 2's main competition will come from Thor: Ragnarok and Bad Moms Christmas, both of which will be released the week before.
In order to try and make Daddy's Home 2 different than its predecessor, Sean Anders is looking to bring the delightful mix of Mel Gibson and John Lithgow into the film. While no specific roles have been mentioned for the duo, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine that they will be playing the fathers of Wahlberg and Ferrell, respectively.
As a fan of Daddy's Home (you can even read my review here) and its gentle humor, I'm all for a second outing of the family comedy. Those of you who can't remember Daddy's Home can watch the trailer below to jog your memory.
Sadly there is no news yet on whether John Cena's cameo at the end of Daddy's Home will be elongated, though. Because that would be confirmation that Ferrell and Wahlberg really would be in for a world of pain. On second thoughts, Mel Gibson will probably suffice.