Aside from a few very lucky people, almost everyone has to deal with a horrible boss at some point in their working lives – and the weighty profit that Seth Gordon’s 2010 comedy Horrible Bosses made at the box office is probably a testament to just how many people have, at some point, fantasized about the policy of killing their employer. Whether portrayed in Dave Harken’s (Kevin Spacey) cold sadism, Julia Harris’ (Jennifer Aniston) aggressive sexual harassment or Bobby Pellitt’s (Colin Farrell) bone-headed selfishness, the strength of Horrible Bosses lay in presenting caricatures of people that a lot of us have run into in real life.
Horrible Bosses was the second mainstream comedy movie from Gordon, who enjoyed cult success with his fascinating documentary The King of Kong, but has since directed a couple of duds. New Line was pursuing Gordon to direct Horrible Bosses 2 as well, but last month he finally turned the job down due to scheduling conflicts.
Now THR reports that Horrible Bosses 2 has not just one, but two directors behind the wheel: Sean Anders and John Morris will step in to take over the sequel as their next project for New Line, having recently scripted the box office hit We’re the Millers. Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman, the vengeful underdog employees of the first movie, are all planning to reprise their roles, though it remains unknown whether any of the horrible bosses are returning (unfortunately, Colin Farrell probably won’t be).
Anders and Morris are a regular writing team, having previously collaborated on films like Hot Tub Time Machine, She’s Out of My League and Sex Drive. Anders also has a few directing credits for comedy films under his belt, including the Adam Sandler bad parenting comedy That’s My Boy. Together, their track record ranges from decent movies to pretty awful ones, but there’s room for some cautious optimism when it comes to them being tapped for Horrible Bosses 2.
The script is being penned by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of the original Horrible Bosses movie, so personal interest in the sequel is likely to depend on how much you personally enjoyed Daley and Goldstein’s efforts in the first. It will be interesting to see whether Horrible Bosses 2 regurgitates the boss-killing plot of the first movie with Bob Newhart returning as the abusive CEO of Nick’s company, or perhaps Nick himself could let the power go to his head and become a horrible boss himself.
Horrible Bosses 2 doesn’t have an official release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated on any further developments.