Horrible Bosses didn’t quite reach the same level of success as The Hangover, but the hard-R comedy definitely exceeded expectations at the box office. Now, it looks like the movie’s hapless trio of would-be murderers (played by Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman) will return for another round of dark comic fun in a sequel to the film.

Although Horrible Bosses was only moderately successful with critics, the movie was a big moneymaker for New Line, grossing more than $200 million worldwide on a budget of only $35 million. In typical Hollywood fashion, after seeing the box office returns, the studio immediately contacted the Horrible Bosses creative team to discuss a possible sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line has reached a deal with writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to write Horrible Bosses 2 and is actively pursuing director Seth Gordon to helm the sequel. THR also reports that Sudeikis, Day and Bateman are all expected to come back for round two.

Interestingly, the best part of the first film may not end up in the sequel: the bosses. One big reason that Horrible Bosses was a hit at the box office was its strong supporting cast, particularly Colin Farrell’s performance as a coke-snorting executive and Jennifer Aniston’s performance as a sex-crazed dentist. While Aniston may be able to return for the sequel, anyone who saw the movie knows why Colin Farrell won’t be making an appearance and why Kevin Spacey probably won’t show up either.

It’s hard to imagine new characters rivaling the sheer horribleness of the first film’s bosses, but there’s always hope. Perhaps Bob Newhart, who made an appearance at the end of the first film, will return and reveal more about his apparently sadistic nature. Then again, there’s also a concern that Daley and Goldstein could go overboard for the sequel in the same way that the makers of The Hangover 2 took the first film’s premise to an uncomfortable extreme for the sequel.

What do you think? Is Horrible Bosses 2 a good idea, or will it be a disappointment like The Hangover 2?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter