While the original 2007 biker comedy proved to be a surprise smash hit, Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride was eventually canceled – here's why the sequel didn’t happen. Wild Hogs starred John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, and Tim Allen as four middle-aged friends who set off on a road trip adventure before finding themselves in trouble with an infamous biker gang, led by Ray Liotta (Goodfellas). While Wild Hogs received almost universally negative reviews, the film would gross over $250 million during its theatrical run and would do tidy business on DVD also.
Wild Hogs also beat David Fincher’s acclaimed thriller Zodiac at the box-office, so while critics might have hated it, it clearly struck a chord with audiences. It came as little surprise when Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride was announced soon after, which would reunite the cast and director Walt Becker for another wacky misadventure. Despite this, Wild Hogs 2 didn’t ultimately happen, with Disney abruptly dropping the sequel in 2009 alongside several other projects.
Let’s explore why Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride was scrapped, despite being something of a guaranteed hit.
Old Dogs Doomed Wild Hogs 2
John Travolta soon reunited with Wild Hogs helmer Walt Becker for Old Dogs, a family movie co-starring Robin Williams. This labored 2009 comedy received even worse reviews than Wild Hogs did and while the movie was a modest success, its box-office take proved disappointing to Disney.
It appears the studio felt the movie’s underperformance was linked to its leading men, with Disney canceling a planned comedy called Wedding Banned that was set to star Robin Williams and Anna Faris (Overboard), and Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride. The lukewarm performance of Martin Lawrence comedy College Road Trip in 2008 probably didn’t help either.
Wild Hogs 2 Didn’t Fit Disney’s Slate
Another factor that likely led to Wild Hogs 2’s cancelation is that it didn’t fit in with Disney’s slate at the time. During this era big-budget event movies like Tron: Legacy, Pirate Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and John Carter were in development, so a modestly budgeted comedy sequel might have looked out of place.
In hindsight, Wild Hogs 2 might have been a safer bet, with John Carter later proving to be a financial dud and Tron: Legacy failing to launch a planned franchise. It’s unlikely Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride would have been received much better critically than the original movie was, and while there were reports WWE Studios in 2017 were planning to resurrect the sequel, there are no signs of it moving forward.