Todd Phillips Sets 'Due Date' and 'Hangover' Sequel

The director readies his two next projects.

The Hangover director Todd Phillips will next direct the road trip comedy Due Date, and then will follow that one year later with The Hangover 2.

According to Variety, the commitments come one day after The Hangover crossed the $210 million domestic gross mark and surpassed Wedding Crashers to become the second biggest grossing R-rated comedy ever.

Zach Galifianakis will play one of the two leads in Due Date, an Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland script that was revised by Adam Sztykiel. In the comedy about fatherhood, an expectant dad and his unlikely travel companion (Galifianakis) race cross-country in hopes of making it home for the birth of his first child.

Both Due Date and The Hangover 2 will follow the same production track as The Hangover. The plan is for the Due Date shoot to begin Oct. 6, and the film will be released next year in the first weekend of June, just like The Hangover. The sequel will begin production in October 2010 and will be released Memorial Day weekend 2011.

Warner Bros. hired Phillips and Scot Armstrong to begin writing The Hangover 2 right after early test scores left the studio optimistic that it had a winner.

The film has become WB's biggest grossing comedy ever, trailing only Beverly Hills Cop ($234 million) in grosses for an R-rated comedy. Studio believes The Hangover will finish around $240 million to become the biggest domestic grossing comedy ever and the third highest grossing R-rated film ever, behind The Passion of the Christ and The Matrix Reloaded.



Sources: Variety

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  1. mikehd

    i wouldn't mind them making another 1 i think it will be great to bring the same cast back for another 1 people would rush out to see this 1 with the economy being so bad american people just want to be entertain right now so the movie wouldn't boom at all

    5 years agoby @mikehdFlag

  2. m3m3z90

    i dont know... i mean if they use the same characters...what would be the new storyline they would be using?? Alan finding a woman? lol i dont know... i just hope its as great as the original.

    5 years agoby @m3m3z90Flag

  3. WiseGuy

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Come one Now. Leave The Hangover alone.
    This will bomb.

    5 years agoby @zgcorleone072Flag

  4. IamBATMAN

    it wont stop there either... after hangover 2 bombs, they will make a third one straight to dvd4

    sucks, but what can ya do?

    5 years agoby @iambatmanFlag

  5. Punishment 2012

    hangover should not be f*cked with.. leave it alone.

    5 years agoby @dizoyleFlag

  6. kingbrady

    Like they say, it made $210 million domestically, thats money right there for them to pay the same guys to come back, i can see them writing the lil asian guy in there again

    5 years agoby @kingbradyFlag

  7. ed_wood

    Both movies sound good, but Hangover 2 has to have the same cast. If it doesn't then they've totally blew it.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  8. Marcus-07

    WTF,krazyclown!? Are you saying that there will be different characters in The hangover 2? That would be...I don't know...I would be dissapointed becouse I love those characters in the first movie. In the other hand, if they keep the same characters then sequel probably won't be as good as the original. Anyway...I'm excited about both of these upcoming comedies.

    5 years agoby @marcus-07Flag

  9. mystery-man

    i dont think the hangover 2 will do as good as the first so they should just make the movie with a different name if the characters are not the same

    5 years agoby @nivleFlag

  10. Newkill3000

    Your right soylent. All it is about is greed.

    5 years agoby @newkill200Flag

  11. soylent green Lantern

    They can never leave anything GOOD alone can they? Greedy corporate fat cats.

    5 years agoby @soylentgreenmonkeyFlag