After first being introduced to the Wolf Pack in Todd Phillips’ The Hangover back in 2009, audiences quickly fell in love with the goofy bunch of troublemakers and wanted more. Phillips and company obliged in 2011 with The Hangover Part II, which went on to become an even bigger hit, despite mostly negative reviews.
Now, after being hungover twice before, the boys are back in The Hangover Part III and it looks like they still haven’t learned their lesson.
Warner Bros. announced that principal photography has begun on the set of Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part III, which is reported to be the final installment in the R-rated comedy franchise.
They also released the official plot synopsis for Part III (via Coming Soon). Check it out below:
This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
The brief synopsis suggests that the guys may be on some kind of road trip, which isn’t that surprising considering Phillips wrote and directed the hit film Road Trip (2000). It also seems to be a bit of a change-up from the first two films, both of which were written around a single locale (Las Vegas in The Hangover, Thailand in The Hangover Part II).
As previously reported last year, the plot may also involve the boys breaking Galifiankis’ character, Alan, out of a mental institution.
Plot differences aside, the fact that round three will feature an almost identical cast and production crew as its predecessors shows that Phillips and Warner Bros. didn’t want to mess too much with what worked previously. And why would they? While Hangover Part II was not a critical success, that didn’t stop it from grossing nearly $600 million worldwide, bringing the grand total for the franchise to over $1 billion.
What worked with the first two and what audiences initially fell in love with was the series’ affable cast. Fortunately for fans, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha will reprise their roles as Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug, respectively, while Ken Jeong, Heather Graham and Jeffrey Tambor will return to round out the familiar supporting cast. One notable addition is John Goodman as the Wolf Pack’s antagonist.
Still, it’s worth noting that the complaints moviegoers had for Part II – namely, that it was far too similar to the original - seem to have been taken into account for the development of the threequel. There’s no more wedding, no more bachelor party, and no more single location. Whether or not that’s good news probably depends on how much you appreciated Part II.
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The Hangover Part III is slated for a May 24th, 2013 release.
Sources: Coming Soon