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Hangover 3: the Wolfpack is coming back

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I wonder who gets the face tattoo in Part 3...

The Wolfpack will return in 'The Hangover Part III'

With an incredibly, some might say unbelievably, successful opening weekend ($200 million worldwide in just 5 days), Warner Brothers immediately began to express interest in a third installment of The Hangover.

The original film was a surprise success when released in 2009; with the four leading characters lacking mainstream acknowledgement, an unapologetically R-rated and adult-themed comedy, in an industry leaning more toward reliable, big-name, family-friendly fare. In fact, an article on NMS argued that the first Hangover film should cause studios to rethink the blockbuster model: a movie can have low name recognition and complex, adult themes and still be a success, even if it's not part of a franchise. All three of these seem hilarious now, two years later, when the stars of the film are among the most in-demand comedic actors in Hollywood, and the film in question has spawned a bona-fide franchise.

However, the biggest problem in reviews of the sequel is that the movie sticks too close to the format of the original. The first film was original - it was surprising, and escapist, and absurd, and awesome. The sequel - less so - although there is obviously an audience for it! But possibly because of the criticisms, or maybe just because they've exhausted the format, initial reports for The Hangover III show that it may differ dramatically from the first two films. As Zach Galifianakis said in an interview with Rolling Stone, the plot will focus on Alan's escape from a mental asylum: a different caper for the Wolfpack, this time.

And remember the controversy over Ed Helms' facial tattoo? The tattoo artist who created Mike Tyson's facial tattoo was suing Warner Brothers for copyright infringement for using his design without permission. Warner Brothers has stated that they will go back to the film and erase, or significantly change, the tattoo for the DVD/Blu-Ray release unless an agreement is reached. Cost of settlement versus that much digital airbrushing? I'm guessing they settle out of court.

See also:

The Hangover II Review

Warner Bros leaks tonnes of new Hangover 2 material


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