New Line Reaches Deal With ‘Horrible Bosses’ Writing Team For Sequel

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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

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  1. Its gonna be real epic

  2. A sequel does NOT need to happen.

  3. Shouldn’t do it, but I’d more than likely go see it anyways.

  4. It would be awesome. Don’t know how they’d do it, but I think they’d pull it off. Horrible Bosses was one of the best movies this year.

  5. Horrible Bosses was definitely one of the better comedies this year…but that’s not saying much since its competition was craptacular movies like Your Highness, Bad Teacher, Hall Pass, the Hangover 2, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star, Johnny English: Reborn, Jack & Jill, and the Zookeeper. A sequel isn’t needed.

  6. It’ll only be good with the same cast, but entirely different premise. Give Jamie Fox a bigger part; he was the best!

  7. If Charlie Day is in it, I know I will see it!

  8. Haha loved the first one hope all the cast members return!!

  9. Would like to see it but just not make it exactley like the first one.

  10. Not sure how they’d pull this off, especially with that title. I really liked the first film, but would only see this one if the plot warranted it.

  11. how about they become bosses themselves, with a new set of wannabe murderers? could be fun to switch the roles up.

  12. There is no need for a sequel to this movie. Same with the hangover. Yes, these were both great comedy films but seriously. No clue how they will pull this off but I’m definitely gonna have to see it.