2005’s Wedding Crashers was a very popular comedy that never got a sequel. Writer-director David Dobkin has now explained why, and he also teased the plot of a potential follow-up.
Speaking to Collider, Dobkin said he is constantly asked about a Wedding Crashers sequel. He was offered the opportunity to make a sequel on numerous occasions, but he said he turned down every opportunity, even the ones that would have paid him a lot of money.
Why? Dobkin was concerned that a sequel would « retread the same movie again, » and that wasn’t something he wanted to do, and neither did stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
« 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), » he said.
Now, Dobkin has an idea for Wedding Crashers 2, but he cautioned that it’s not a movie that’s in active development. He shared that one idea he’s tossing around is a film that explores what Vaughn and Wilson’s characters are up to now, in their late ’40s. Both men would be single again and are looking to get back into the world of crashing weddings.
« 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, » he said. « 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. »
Dobkin has been « noodling » on this idea for some time, and while he believes he has a « good start, » it’s still early days–neither Vaughn nor Wilson have read the script yet. Dobkin ended his message by saying there is « no rush » to make Wedding Crashers 2.
Dobkin’s latest project–Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga–reunites him with two stars from Wedding Crashers, Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. The comedy about Icelandic singers trying to make it at the Eurovision contest is coming to Netflix on June 26.
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