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Do We Want A Second Wedding Crashers?

November 7, 2020 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Wedding Crashers

Do you remember the 2005 comedy smash hit Wedding Crashers? It grossed $288.5 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, and is credited with helping to revive the popularity of adult-oriented, R-rated comedies. Hugely quotable and still has a huge rewatchability factor. It worked on its own and while popular, never really called for a sequel.
But like anything that makes money, never say never about that. 

Wedding Crashers starred Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two friends, as well as partners at a law firm, who crashed weddings in order to hook up with women. Director David Dobkin has said that for over ten years, he has said no about making a Wedding Crashers 2. But that’s changed because he says he has an idea that he likes enough to try and get it made.

“Everybody keeps hitting me up about a Wedding Crashers sequel. We don’t have a script that we’re there with yet. For many, many years every year, I got offered to do the sequel; there were some very big deals on the table. And none of us wanted to do a retread of the same movie again. Anything within those first years that we talked about was the same movie, and we were like, ‘Why?’ Financially, I probably shouldn’t have done that, but I did (laughs). And Vince and Owen didn’t want to do it either.”

“10 years later, when I was asked again, and I hung up the phone after saying no, I thought about it, and I’m like, ‘Well I’d be curious what it’d be like for guys in their late 40s who end up being single again and have to go back out in the world. What a weird, difficult, challenging story that is.’ And as long as there’s a real story in the middle of it, to me, it can be a movie.”  

I suppose that’s the start of an idea. I should point out that in a 2014 post on the website Quora, Dobkin said that he, Vaughn and Wilson once came up with an idea for a sequel in which John and Jeremy find themselves competing with a superior wedding crasher, played by Daniel Craig; but that this idea never went beyond the discussion phase.

Now THAT sounds like an angle I’d be interested in seeing fleshed out. In a new chat with Yahoo, while promoting Freaky, Vaughn added his thoughts to things by saying, “Just recently, we’ve been more seriously discussing a sequel to Crashers, [Wilson] and myself and the director and a producer. There’s an idea that’s a good idea … for the first time, there’s kind of an original thought.”

Sometimes a beloved movie should remain that way. While I love the movie, the ship has sailed on a sequel. But that’s me. What about you?

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