Horrible Bosses was considered something of a sleeper hit upon its summer 2011 release. The film – which starred Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day as three friends who decide to murder their bosses – earned more than $200 million at the worldwide box office against a modest production budget, making it one of the most successful black comedies of all-time.
Last year, New Line announced that a sequel to the film aptly named Horrible Bosses 2 was in development, with writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein returning to pen the script. Soon thereafter, Sudeikis, Bateman and Day were confirmed to return as well. However, with the titular bosses apparently not due for a return appearance, fans have wondered exactly what direction the sequel will go. Now we have our first hint at what to expect.
According to Deadline, the studio is hoping to get two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Star Trek Into Darkness star Chris Pine to sign up for Horrible Bosses 2 as a pair of father/son bosses. The source says that Waltz will likely be unavailable for the film, but Pine is reportedly considering it. No word on which of the film’s three leads will have the misfortune of working for these characters, but Sean Anders (That’s My Boy) will take up the directing chair from the first film’s Seth Gordon.
Waltz and Pine are certainly fine (and marketable) performers, and either would be a great addition to Horrible Bosses 2. However, this news may be disappointing to fans since it indicates that the sequel’s plot may be recycling elements of the first film (i.e. bringing in new bosses to replace Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell’s memorable roles) instead of taking the prospective franchise in a fresher direction.
Moreover, bringing in the director of the universally despised Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in Horrible Bosses 2. It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the film pulls together as it inches its way through to production. Here's hoping that – at the very least – the creative team can secure Jamie Foxx to return.
Do you think Waltz and Pine would make strong additions to the darkly comic world of Horrible Bosses? Sound off in the comments.
Horrible Bosses 2 is scheduled to open in theaters on November 26th, 2014.