Legendary Pictures has blossomed into a very successful production studio since its inception in 2004, largely due to its relationship with Warner Bros., as well as the many profitable franchises it has overseen – particularly Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and Todd Phillips’ Hangover films. The recently released The Dark Knight Rises wrapped up Nolan’s take on the Caped Crusader, but Phillips and co. still have one more outing of debauchery with Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) – a.k.a. “The Wolfpack” – remaining.
The Hangover III is set for a May 24, 2013 release, and we’ve got our first look at the initial promo art for the film, courtesy of Legendary’s official Facebook page.
The artwork is pretty straightforward, serving mainly as another form of announcing the film to the masses, as opposed to shedding any real light on what the third entry could be about. Check it out below:
The Hangover II felt largely like a carbon copy of the original (Bangkok replaced Las Vegas as the setting, but many of the plotlines and gags were virtually the same), and some thought The Wolfpack had seen its final curtain call, but the sequel’s gross of over $254 million domestically helped to keep those involved in line for another follow-up.
Plot details on The Hangover III are being kept under wraps, but Phillips, who is returning to direct and co-write, has indicated that the same template of the first two films won’t be used, which will probably come as a bit of a relief to many fans. Early reports indicated that Phil and Stu would be trying to break Alan out of a mental institution, but as of now that rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, as nothing has been confirmed.
Cooper, Helms, Galifianakis, and Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow) are all set to reprise their respective roles, while minor characters seen in the first two films – including Mike Tyson, and Mike Epps (credited as “Black Doug,” the drug dealer who accidentally sold Alan the roofies in the first film) – are set to return for the final chapter, which could be set in multiple locations, including Tijuana and Vegas (again).
Philips will pen the script along with Craig Mazin, who helped write Part II, and production is expected to begin this coming September.
As stated, The Hangover III is slated for release on May 24, 2013.
Source: Legendary Pictures Facebook Page