By Simon Dang | The Playlist July 11, 2012 at 9:19AM
Even though it managed to break the $200 million barrier at the box office on a $35 million budget, the cold critical reception that greeted Seth Gordon's "Horrible Bosses" saw it fall short of the bar raised by other recent summer comedy blockbusters like "The Hangover" and "Bridesmaids." That performance, however, will evidently be more than enough for New Line to work with, as the wheels are now well and truly in motion on a sequel to the 2011 pic.
Earlier this year, scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were brought back to pen a sequel and, while there were already murmurs at the time that New Line were bringing Gordon back, things are now firming up with the L.A. Times reporting that an offer has been made for the helmer to return. Just as interesting, though, the paper reports that the move is preceeding any offer made to the three leads Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day but that -- if deals can be struck with the trio -- a 2014 release would be eyed for the potential film.
So where would a sequel take Nick, Dale and Kurt (of course we had to look those names up)? Little detail is revealed about what Daley and Goldstein have conjured up but it's noted that they'll be steering clear of the copycat template of "The Hangover Part II," with the sequel not involving a murder plot the next time around. Definitely the smart approach, we think, considering the original played it too safe anyway. Hopefully, they dare to be brave here as it's hard to see this going bust: R-Rated comedy + the likable trio of Sudeikis, Bateman and Day + pretty much no boundaries on where the sequel could go + built in audiences with fans of original film, "SNL," "Arrested Development" and "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" = sure-fire hit, right?