The Hangover was a huge box office hit, taking in $277.2 million domestically and $459.3 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever. That success led Warner Brothers to very quickly announce a sequel (dated for May 26, 2011), although director Todd Phillips says the studio was interested in a sequel even before its massive success. Here’s what Phillips told EW about the sequel:
[Phillips] says he’s midway through working on the script for the Hangover sequel. Though he’s keeping the plot under wraps for now, he promises The Hangover 2, which will reunite the trio of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Galifianakis, won’t simply rehash the stag-party-disaster formula of the first film. “What people loved about The Hangover was not Las Vegas or the bachelor party but these three characters,” Phillips says. “I think you can take those characters and put them in other situations, and you don’t need the sell of Vegas and a bachelor party and all that other stuff.” As long, of course, as those situations involve a whole lot of booze and maybe a roofie or two.