It's been a long while since we've heard anything about the proposed sequel to 2011 comedy hit Horrible Bosses. The film starred Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as hapless employees who forge a plan to liberate each other from their nightmarish employers and went on to earn an impressive $209 million worldwide against a modest $35 million budget.
Following its release, a proposed sequel promptly secured writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to return, but any further movement on the project has remained slow. Until now.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the three leading men of Horrible Bosses – namely, Bateman, Day and Sudeikis – have signed on to reprise their roles for the sequel. Jamie Foxx, whose character serves as a mentor of sorts to the trio, is also in negotiations to return.
No word on whether other supporting players, such as Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey, will appear in the film, though it is expected to focus on a new set of bosses.
Sequels to hit comedies can be a dicey proposition, as The Hangover Part II proved (though that's not stopping this year's third entry). While that sequel turned into a blockbuster hit, critics and audiences alike criticized it for treading far too similar a path to the first film.
From a financial perspective, it makes perfect sense for Warner Bros. to proceed with a Horrible Bosses sequel. However, considering that the most talked-about element of the film (i.e., the bosses) will be absent fromHorrible Bosses 2, the sequel does risk becoming a poor rehash of the original film.
Then again, perhaps there is some life left in the revenge premise of the first film. With the right actors onboard as the titular bosses, the project could offer enough laughs and entertaining characters to make a sequel worth it.
Are you excited that the Horrible Bosses sequel is moving forward? Who should play the new bosses? Let the rampant speculation begin in the comments section below.
Horrible Bosses 2 aims to start shooting late summer 2013 with Identity Thief director returning behind the camera.