Next Up For Director Todd Phillips: DUE DATE and THE HANGOVER 2

     July 9, 2009


Following the mind-blowing success of “The Hangover” (the film had earned $210 million domestically as of Wednesday), director Todd Phillips is set to make two more features for Warner Brothers, the studio he has made so very, very happy.  He will first begin production on “Due Date”, a road trip comedy reteaming him with Zach Galifianakis, on October 6th with a release date set for the first week of June 2010.  Phillips will then get busy on “The Hangover 2” with the sequel penciled in for Memorial Day weekend of 2011.  More details on “Due Date” after the jump…

Written by “King of the Hill” writers Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland, “Due Date” is the story of an expectant father and his “unlikely traveling companion” (Galifianakis) as they race cross-country in hopes of making it home in time for the birth.  Phillips told Variety that the film will be a “buddy comedy without the buddies.”

As for “The Hangover 2”, I would describe it as “a sequel to “The Hangover”, the film that just passed “Wedding Crashers” to become the second highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time.  “Beverly Hills Cop” is still number one with $234 million but if this “Hangover” keeps holding the way it has for the past month (it made almost 2 million dollars on day 34… a Wednesday) then it should catch up with Eddie Murphy  by the end of the summer.  If and when this occurs we will be sure to fill you in.

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