'Neighbors 2' Moving in Next Door May 13, 2016

Friday, 06 February 2015 12:16 Written by  iamrogue
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'Neighbors 2' Moving in Next Door May 13, 2016

Neighbors is getting a sequel and it'll hit theaters next summer, Universal Pictures announced via walkie-talkie today.

Delta Psi Beta will return on May 13, 2016, a date the studio has long reserved for what was an unspecified R-rated comedy.

The first Neighbors was one of last summer's most pleasant surprises, a comedy about a young couple squaring off against the rowdy frat boys next door.  The thoroughly R-rated comedy balanced energetic filth with some unexpected pathos from characters who are usually underwritten in these comedies, from the fratty nemesis to a wife that's actually involved in the plot.

A surprise hit, it grossed $150 million at home towards a global total of $268 million.

So of course Neighbors 2 is on the way.  There's plenty more good news, because Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne are all set to return as the Radners and Teddy.  Presumably Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, and plenty of Delti Psi members like Jerrod Carmichael and Craig Roberts will also be back for another round.

Not only that, but director Nicholas Stoller is also coming back for another Neighbors, along with screenwriters and executive producers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien.  Rogen's longtime producing partner and The Interview co-director Evan Goldberg is also back producing through their Point Grey Pictures.

Right now, the only other not-yet-a-movie occupying the May 13, 2016 release date is yet another reboot of Friday the 13th.  It's only a week after Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which pits Chris Evans against Robert Downey Jr., opens stateside.  And it's a week before the animated Angry Birds movie.

Sequels are always tricky, but comedy sequels in particular are notoriously hard to pull of with any degree of creative success.  The problems of sequelization are compounded with comedies, which rely so much on a sense of surprise; follow-ups to successful funny movies all too often feel like safe retreads of their predecessors.  Think of The Hangover series.

Have Rogen, Stoller, and the rest of the gang come up with a premise and an approach that will keep Neighbors 2 from feeling like an unnecessary cash-in sequel?

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