Bradley Cooper: The Hangover Part III to Shoot Next Year
12.06.11 by Ryan
While the movies may not be everyone's cup of Rohypnol, there's no denying the success of The Hangover and its sequel, The Hangover Part II, which out-earned its predecessor at $581 million worldwide. Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. is interested in a third installment, hiring screenwriter Craig Mazin in June to write the script. Mazin co-wrote The Hangover Part II with Scot Armstrong and director Todd Phillips.
Prior to Mazin's hiring, Phillips admitted that a third Hangover "would very much be a finale and an ending," prompting many to wonder where the third movie will take place. After spending time in both Las Vegas and Bangkok, Hangover actors Jamie Chung (Lauren, Ed Helms' fiancée in The Hangover Part II) and Justin Bartha (Doug) separately suggested Amsterdam, as a possible location. While appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Bradley Cooper said production could begin next year on the sequel and offered a contrasting location for the Wolfpack to reunite.
I personally want to do it. I hope we’re gonna start shooting next September. I know [director] Todd Phillips is working on the script. We adhered to the formula in the second one — for those of you who've seen it — but the third one, I think, which would close the whole trilogy — which now it would be a trilogy even though we never thought we'd make a second one, let alone anyone see the first one — I think it’ll take place in Los Angeles and maybe not adhere to the structure. It might be different.
So much for Amsterdam!
Cooper's comments echo Phillips', who said in May that The Hangover Part III would "certainly not [be] in the same template" as the other movies. We're not worried that Phillips will entirely re-invent the franchise — we have a good feeling that some kind of hangover will be involved.
So how will Phillips make it happen this time? According to an interview Zach Galifanakis had in June, the Wolfpack will help his character escape from a mental institution. Until we get more details, enjoy the entire Cooper interview below.