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'The Hangover' is quickly becoming one of cinema's most successful comedy franchises. The first installment nabbed Warner Brothers a whopping $467 million back in 2009, and last year's sequel also fared well commercially; bringing in another $581 million for the studio. So of course we were guaranteed to see a part three, but wait a minute, there's a snag. Apparently three members of the series' signature Wolf Pack (Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis) are demanding $15 million a piece to reprise their roles for a third film. This would be an enormous step up from the $5 million they received for the sequel, which was itself a substantial bonus from the $1 million they were paid for the first installment. After months of heated negotiation, it looks like WB is about to cave to their financial demands. The studio is still hoping to release 'The Hangover 3,' which is said to take place in L.A. and be a deviation from the series' established formula, on Memorial Day 2013.
If we were talking about the actors making these demands between parts one and two of the franchise, which apparently also happened, I would be ardently supporting their pay bump. However I, like many of you as I gather, was greatly disappointed by the unbelievably lazy rehash of the first film's plot that was the sequel. I understand that the first film made a great deal of money for Warner Brothers, but after watching the second film it seemed as if the studio threw a sack of cash at these guys just so they could make the exact same movie again. If, as has been stated, the third film is actually going to be a departure from the formula of the first two, then I'll at least assuage my pessimism and look forward to seeing it. But until we actually see that departure occur, I'm having a hard time agreeing with the studio's impending decision to cut these guys an even bigger check.
What do you guys think? Are any of you excited about seeing 'The Hangover 3?' Do these guys deserve a raise?