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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.