While it may be too early to determine whether or not Todd Phillips’ sequel to his 2009 comedy hit The Hangover will enjoy the same level of success, it isn’t stopping him from moving forward with a third film, though he’s making it clear that three films is as far as he wants to take the franchise.
At a press conference for The Hangover Part II , which arrives in theatres on May 26, Phillips revealed that there is already a loose concept for a third film which, according to ComingSoon, will end the franchise.
Speaking about the future adventures of Phil, Stu and Alan, Phillips confirmed that the filmmakers had always intended that the films be a trilogy.
“The third would be very much a finale and an ending…,” Phillips said. “I haven’t discussed it with these actors yet. [It would] not follow the same template, but is very much a new idea.”
Meanwhile, Phillips added that the concept for the third film isn’t yet location-dependent.
“As far as where it takes place,” he added, “I’m very open. It’ll be like being on the Olympic committee, being pitched and presented cities, flown around with wine and women and bribes.”
Phillips also dismissed the idea of spinoffs, while simultaneously remarking that Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow would have enough of a backstory to fill his own franchise.