Don’t bring your Sunday best to the dry cleaners just yet because it sounds like Wedding Crashers 2 is getting placed on hold. What? Who would dare get in the way of such an anticipated (and unnecessary) sequel? Disney, that’s who. That’s right, folks. The Mouse is R.S.V.Ping to the party so he can poop on it. Please, allow me to explain.
According to Puck, Owen Wilson’s commitment to Disney’s The Haunted Mansion is gumming up the works. You see, Wilson is due to arrive on the set of Disney’s latest attraction-based feature next month, which would make him unavailable for Wedding Crashers 2. Puck says that Warner Bros.’ Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener had worked hard to reunite director David Dobkin with Wilson and Vince Vaughn, as well as Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher.
One of the things tripping the movie up was a proper script. After all, the mentality and messaging of Wedding Crashers would never survive the #MeToo era. Wilson and Vaughn stood to make $10 million apiece for their contributions to the sequel, with Dobkin earning a fair share as well. Then, during the sequel’s midnight hour before going forward, Jim Berkus at UTA revealed that Wilson had agreed to do The Haunted Mansion for Disney. In other words, there will be no wedding. Tell the DJ to pack up their crap and go home.
Now, before you go throwing fancy chairs into a fountain and stealing bottles from the bar, understand that Wedding Crashers could still happen sometime down the road. Wilson will have to wrap his contributions to The Haunted Mansion and Loki Season 2, of course, but there’s still hope.
The original Wedding Crashers made nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office in 2003. That’s nothing to sneeze at and should give you a decent impression of how well a sequel would perform by today’s standards. Be that as it may, Wedding Crashers 2 won’t be happening anytime soon.
In addition to Owen Wilson, Disney’s Haunted Mansion reboot is also set to star LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Tiffany Haddish (Bad Trip). Plot details are largely being kept under wraps, but it’s expected to follow a family who moves into the titular mansion. Previous reports have claimed that Stanfield would play a widower who once believed in the supernatural but is now a rather lifeless tour guide in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Haddish would play a psychic hired to commune with the dead. As for Owen Wilson, the nature of his role is unknown. The project will kick off production in Atlanta next month with Justin Simien (Dear White People) directing from a script by Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters).