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No more Hangovers after third film, says director Todd Phil

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div class="track"img alt="" src="http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.22.4/37893?ns=guardianpageName=No+more+Hangovers+after+third+film%2C+says+director+Todd+Phillips%3AArticle%3A1721848ch=Filmc3=GU.co.ukc4=Film%2CComedy+%28Film+genre%29%2CCulturec5=Not+commercially+useful%2CComedyc6=Ben+Childc7=12-Mar-23c8=1721848c9=Articlec10=Newsc11=Filmc13=c25=c30=contentc42=Cultureh2=GU%2FCulture%2FFilm%2FComedy" width="1" height="1" //divp class="standfirst"Spring 2013 release will mark final outing for maverick bachelor quartet – and perhaps also a radical shift of emphasis/ppThe director of The Hangover series has promised filmgoers the third instalment will definitely be the last. Todd Phillips also revealed a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/todd-phillips-hangover-3-bradley-cooper-303424" title=""the new film will be released in May 2013/a and will feature all four original cast members./pp"We're going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned," Phillips said. "It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions."/ppThe first a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/130311/hangover" title=""Hangover/a film was the sleeper hit of 2009 and went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time in the US. Its 2011 sequel, a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/141948/hangover-part-ii" title=""The Hangover Part II/a, shifted the stag-do antics of bachelor quartet Phil Wenneck, Stu Price, Alan Garner and Doug Billings from Las Vegas to Bangkok and once again broke box-office records. However, it could not repeat the first film's positive critical reception, with reviewers complaining that the storyline amounted to little more than an unimaginative retread of part one./ppFilm-makers have hinted that the third film will switch the action to Los Angeles and introduce a radically different formula. But given that the first and second movies made $467.5m and $581.5m respectively worldwide for studio Warner Bros, Phillips may find himself under pressure not to deviate too far from the tried and tested, memory-loss-meets-carnage blueprint. The director, who is currently working on the screenplay with Hangover Part II writer Craig Mazin, gave little away in his statement./ppHollywood trade sites speculated earlier this year that the lead trio of Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms might be set for $15m paydays if they signed on for a third instalment. No word yet on whether there is a place on the cast list for those two favourites from the earlier films, Mike Tyson, who played himself, and Ken Jeong, who portrayed flamboyant gangster Leslie Chow./ppHollywood is notoriously slippery when it comes to producing final instalments in successful series. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade proved errantly monikered when Harrison Ford returned, almost two decades later, as the heroic archeologist in 2008's poorly received a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/124168/indiana.jones.and.the.kingdom.of.the.crystal.skull" title=""Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull/a. The a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/movie/75860/alien" title=""Alien/a series even survived the death of its central protagonist, Ellen Ripley returning as a clone in 1997's ill-fated Alien: Resurrection despite having previously been killed off in a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/ridley-scott" title=""David Fincher/a's 1992 third instalment. If The Hangover Part III ends up being as successful as the two earlier films, it would not be a shock to see Phillips and Warner Bros eating their words./pdiv class="related" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;"ullia href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/comedy"Comedy/a/li/ul/divdiv class="author"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/benchild"Ben Child/a/divbr/div class="terms"a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk"guardian.co.uk/a copy; 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our a href="http://users.guardian.co.uk/help/article/0,,933909,00.html"Terms Conditions/a | a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/help/feeds"More Feeds/a/divp style="clear:both" /

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