Seeing as comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis is pretty much the closest modern equivalent we have to a mythical trickster, the things that he says should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Especially things he says in interviews, which he seems to hate doing. So, grain of salt firmly in place, in a cover story for Rolling Stone magazine Galifianakis has said that the plot of Hangover Part III would be about his character, Alan, getting locked up in a mental institution and the rest of the crew having to come together and break him out. Personally, I think that this sounds like a whole lot of nonsense that Galifianakis is pulling out of nowhere, but there is one quote in the article that rings very true. When initially talking about the possibility of a third Hangover, Galifianakis said, “They want to do a Hangover III. I’m getting fricking phone calls already.” The film already has a plot, and one of the leads is leaking it before the second one is even out of theaters? That’s not so believable. Execs are champing at the bit to get all of the main actors signed on to do a third film already? That’s something I very much believe.
Despite the fact that The Hangover Part II debuted to a lukewarm critical reception, fans of the first film still came out in droves to get some more drunken obscenity. There is no way that the people in charge of writing and cashing the checks aren’t already looking to go back to the well again for a Hangover Part III. And recently, the director of the first two films, Todd Phillips, made some comments about the possibility of a third film that were publicized by Collider, he said, “I think we have a clear idea where that would head and it’s certainly not in the same template you’ve seen these movies … the third would very much a finale and an ending.” Plus, Craig Mazin has already been hired as a writer.
I guess the big question here is how fans of the series are going to feel about a third film. Yes they showed up in record numbers to see the second film, but did they walk away generally satisfied or were they as let down by the sequel as critics seemed to be? A big opening for a second film is one thing, but if nobody really liked that one all that much, is there still going to be an audience for a third? Regardless, all of the comments about Part III getting taken in a new direction have got to be taken as a good sign. I certainly couldn’t handle another round of post-party detective work. How about you? [Rolling Stone via The Playlist]