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New Line Signs ‘Horrible Bosses’ Writers for Sequel

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the
creative duo behind last summer’s Horrible
Bosses
, have just been signed by New Line to write a sequel. The re-teaming
is expected to draw stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day back
for another go-around, and the studio is currently in talks to bring back director
Seth Gordon.

What
the film will be about is a mystery; the original ran the premise of three
employees attempting to murder each other’s nightmarish bosses to a pretty
definitive and satisfying conclusion. Having re-watched the original recently, I’ll
say that the trio of Bateman, Sudeikis and Day have the funniest comedic
chemistry I’ve seen in a good while, and some of the best laughs came from them
just goofing around or improvising.

The Hollywood reporter
exclusive
notes that Horrible Bosses turned
out to be one of last year’s surprise earners, and turned a lean $35 million
budget into over $200 million in box-office returns. A great deal of that can
be attributed to the bosses themselves, played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston
and Colin Farrell, but it’s not a spoiler to say that you shouldn’t expect them
to make a reappearance.

The
prospect of a re-teaming sounds appealing, but Horrible Bosses actually made good on its clever premise with a nicely
plotted and neatly tied story. So long as the whole team reunites and they
don’t just recycle the story (*cough* The
Hangover Part II
*cough*), Horribler
Bosses
could still make a case for its existence.  

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