The Hangover 3, Pacific Rim and 300 Sequel Scheduled for Summer 2013
03.23.12 by Ryan
For anyone that loves comedy sequels, abdominal muscles and giant monsters, Warner Bros. has a summer planned just for you in 2013, as The Hangover 3, the 300 sequel and Pacific Rim all have release dates.
The first to be released is The Hangover 3, which will open on May 24th, just under two years after The Hangover Part II's May 25, 2011, release date. While many were disappointed that The Hangover Part II took the script from The Hangover, changed the location from Vegas to Bangkok and called it a day, the sequel still went on to earn $581 million worldwide. For the third installment, director Todd Phillips promised that the plot will be different.
"We're going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned," Phillips said in a statement. "It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions."
Phillips wrote the script with The Hangover Part II co-screenwriter Craig Mazin, and Bradley Cooper said in December that the third installment will take place in Los Angeles and "maybe not adhere to the structure." Last June Zach Galifianakis revealed that the Wolfpack will help his character escape from a mental institution, which the trio will probably be forced to remember the following day. Cooper also said that shooting could start this September, which could be earlier considering the release date.
Director Guillermo del Toro's upcoming movie Pacific Rim has been moved from its original May 10, 2013, release date to July 12, 2013, where it will compete for the box office against Adam Sandler-starring sequel Grown Ups 2.
Plot details have not been confirmed for Pacific Rim, though, reportedly, the movie is set in the year 2025, the 12th year of a war against the invading alien creatures who live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Del Toro conceded last November that the movie will have "giant monsters versus giant robots," but would not reveal much more. Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Ron Perlman co-star.
Closing out the summer on August 2, 2013, is the 300 sequel, 300: Battle of Artemisia (formerly Xerxes). Noam Murro (Smart People) will take over the director's chair for Zack Snyder, who co-wrote the script with Kurt Johnstad, based on the upcoming graphic novel by Frank Miller.
The sequel will take place during "the exact same three days" as The Battle of Thermopylae, the conflict of the first 300. Battle of Artemisia will follow Themosticles (Sullivan Stapleton, Animal Kingdom), the famed Athenian archon and general, who lead the Greeks to victory against the invading Persians in the Battle of Artemisium. Rodrigo Santoro, the Brazilian actor who played Xerxes in 300, will reprise his role, and Eva Green (Casino Royale) will play Artemisia, the ruthless, gold-covered goddess who persuades Xerxes to amass his Persian navy and lead them into battle against Themosticles' inferior fleet. Production begins this summer.
Battle of Artemisia will compete at the box office against fellow sequels Smurfs 2 and RED 2.