Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis Near Big Salary Deals for THE HANGOVER 3; May Start Production This Summer

     January 25, 2012


It appears The Hangover 3 is inevitable. Shortly after the release of the disappointing The Hangover Part II, director Todd Phillips promised a second sequel that would complete the trilogy. Now, after a long negotiation period, the film’s stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are close to landing a major pay raise to reprise their roles. The trio are apparently asking for $15 million each (against backend), which is a steep increase from the $5 million each (plus backend) for The Hangover Part II, and under $1 million they received for the first film in the comedy franchise. Hit the jump for more, including how soon The Hangover 3 may hit theaters.

The Hangover Part II image The Hangover 2 imageTHR reports that the trio has presented a united front in salary negotiations for the third film, and are now likely to be paid their demanded amount. Warner Bros. is hoping that the pic will go into production this summer in time for a Memorial Day 2013 release. The studio is understandably keen on moving things along quickly for the all-but-guaranteed hit. Their Batman franchise comes to an end this summer with The Dark Knight Rises, they recently halted production on Akira and Arthur & Lancelot over budget concerns, and 2012 marks their first year sans the Harry Potter franchise.

I found The Hangover Part II to be a major disappointment, mainly because it was the exact same movie as the first pic with only a change of setting. Phillips has pledged that the third film will take the finale in a different direction, and THR’s report reiterates that The Hangover 3 will deviate from the “forgotten-debauchery formula.” Cooper recently said that the story takes place in Los Angeles, and the plot has been rumored to involve Alan escaping from a mental hospital. The Hangover Part II co-writer Craig Mazin is hard at work on the script for Part III, so hopefully he delivers something fresh and entertaining to close out the series.

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  • sedna

    Let’s hope we don’t get a rehash of the original as Hangover II already did and thought it would make for a great sequel. “IF it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” did not work in this case here.

  • mrbatmatt

    Waste of time, if I wanted to watch a bunch of idiots get plastered and wonder around like idiots for 2 hours I’d go back to college. Pass

  • Eric

    Adam, your opinion should not be placed in the beginning of any article. If YOU or anyone thinks the film was a dissapointment that your and theyre own opionion. And who are any of you to say a movie is bad because it was a rehash of the first? That’s every sequel? And you know that the sequels that change so much are the ones considered the worst. There’s no spectrum that what is considred a “good” sequel. Its a comedy movie I don’t critique the story, I critique a comedy movie on how much it maes me laugh and this is where The Hangover Part II prevailed. If it didn’t make you laugh, oh well.

    • Jay McKells

      From reading your response, and mainly from the fact Hangover 2 made you laugh, I can safely assume you have a terrible sense of humour Eric my man…
      I pray Hangover 3 is the sequel we should’ve got in the first place; an equally funny but original & fresh comedy with characters we already know and like. They also completely ruined Alan’s character in the Hangover 2.

      • Xnx

        So you are of a superior sense of humor ? You are the typical douchebag on blogs that leaves comments acting like you are a film expert. If you did not laugh at chow driving or singing in the elevator it says a lot about your sense of humor. Every theater I watched it in roared the whole time maybe try getting another hobby. Reviewing comedy movies is not your strongest area.

  • CMS

    Hangover II was terrible… but Zach Galifianakis is the funniest man on earth, so i’ll be seeing III regardless of how bad it will be.

  • Farzan

    Part 2 was shit, why would l care about Part 3? These 3 idiots are getting paid a crap load of money to walk around acting like idiots. Sorry but the first film never should have gotten a sequel.

  • ryan

    Srry to disrupt the hater bandwagon but I love pt 2! Was it the same formula? Yes. But was it a funny f**king flick? Hell yes. Ppl who say they didn’t laugh at all are so full of shit. Every audience I saw it with laughed hysterically from beginning to end. I haven’t watched it with one person who just sat there straight faced like “this sux”. Not one single person. So it wasn’t the best sequel of all time, but it was funny. And in the end that’s all I really ask for from a comedy about three depraved drunk assholes. Seriously, you ppl need to get over yourselves.

  • Droncz92

    While the 2nd was EXACTLY the same as the first, I still saw it. I will still see the 3rd even its an EXACT carboncopy. Who cares, they are fun movies. I dont set my expectations high.

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