You may've heard by now that there are going to be a lot of cashcow sequels and franchise installments on the menu for moviegoers in 2015, with the top choices for geeks being tentpoles like The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII and Man of Steel 2 (a.k.a. Batman vs. Superman) - just to name a few of the blockbusters that will arrive during the competitive Summer movie season that year.
What about the rest of 2015, you ask? Well, actually, there are several noteworthy sequels, reboots and/or films based on lucrative pre-existing properties with multi-platform potential (see: Assassin's Creed) that will be making a serious bid to separate you from your hard-earned cash - and now we can add yet another name to the Hollywood tentpole showdown: the comedy sequel Ted 2.
Ted, in case you've been living under a rock for the past year, is the live-action writing/directing debut from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In MacFarlane's raunchy comedy - focused on the popular topic of arrested development - a young boy's wish for his teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane) to come to life is granted - only to cause trouble for him some 20-30 years later, when the boy grows up to become Mark Wahlberg and prefers to spend his free time getting high and partying with his stuffed-toy, foul-mouthed, (thunder-) buddy for life - much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, played by Mila Kunis.
Plans for a sequel to Ted were announced by Universal last year, but it wasn't until this week that MacFarlane answered a question on Twitter - concerning the potential release date - with the message "We're aiming for a 2015 Passover release date." It wasn't clear whether MacFarlane was being serious or just making one of his standard "inappropriate" jokes, so Screen Crush reached out to Universal and received confirmation: Ted 2 is tentatively slated for an April 2015 release date - with Friday April 3rd (i.e. the start of Passover) being a strong possibly, as far as the exact premiere date is concerned.
It's no secret by now that MacFarlane's frequent pop culture-riffing and taboo-breaking approach to humor in his movies and TV shows isn't for everyone (see: the negative reactions to his performances as host for the 2013 Academy Award ceremony). Having said that, Ted managed to earn solid reviews and grossed just under $550 million in theaters around the world, including $219 million in the U.S. In short: not everyone laughed during Ted until their sides began to ache, but a lot of people enjoyed the movie - and, therefore, will be more than glad to turn up for more of MacFarlane's comedic madness in the sequel.
However, before that happens, MacFarlane will release his western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West - which he jokingly referred to on Twitter as "Hee Haww: The Motion Picture." Meanwhile, Wahlberg and Kunis will need to finish with shooting on their respective upcoming sci-fi blockbusters - Transformers 4 and the Wachowski siblings' Jupiter Ascending - before production on Ted 2 can get underway in time to hit theaters by Spring 2015. Everything else should be in place for the project to move forward at that point, given that six months have passed since Wahlberg confirmed that MacFarlane had begun to write the Ted sequel.
Are you looking forward to Ted 2? Or is one movie where Mark Mark gets his ass handed to him by a teddy bear enough for you?
Ted 2 is slated to open in theaters in April 2015.
Source: Screen Crush