Wedding Crashers 2 is a movie we had exclusively reported on being in the works and it looks like our inside information was on the money. Thanks to some information that was obtained by Production Weekly, it has been confirmed that Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Isla Fisher, and Rachel McAdams are all set to return for the highly-anticipated comedy sequel. And that is not all the news that is worth talking about with this development.
First off, you can see the post confirming our Wedding Crashers 2 scoop in this tweet from industry reporter @jasonosia:
Obviously, the big Wedding Crashers 2 news is that the four leads are all confirmed to return. However, there are some other new bits of information in this report. First of all, the movie will be starting production this August. That means we can almost guarantee that it will be positioned for a 2022 summer release. That shows some serious confidence in the sequel’s drawing power. However, the other big revealing piece of information is that the sequel is apparently being made for HBO Max. This is something we need to pick apart for some very major reasons.
If Wedding Crashers 2 is going straight to HBO Max, does this mean that it is skipping theaters entirely? WarnerMedia shocked the world in 2021 by deciding to release its entire theatrical slate in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day. They have since then said that they will not be repeating the same strategy in 2022. If they decide to stay that course, could that mean they are instead making major judgment calls on their upcoming movies? Could some movies that would definitely get a theatrical release in the past now get reconfigured to be HBO Max exclusives? A big part of attracting subscribers to streaming services is having exclusive movies and shows that cannot be seen anywhere else.
Is that the plan with Wedding Crashers 2? Does WarnerMedia feel that it is the kind of project that could drive new users to sign up for HBO Max? Their 2021 slate contains a huge number of major releases that run the gamut from big sci-fi releases like Reminiscence and The Matrix 4 to horror films like The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and Malignant to major IPs like The Suicide Squad and Space Jam: A New Legacy. That is quite the lineup but it is possible that WarnerMedia wants to branch out in regards to the kinds of movies that could get people to sign up for HBO Max.
Wedding Crashers 2 would certainly fit that bill. It has a star-studded cast and is the follow-up to a cult favorite comedy,. They must see more value in it as a way to drive new subscribers to their streaming service than as a theatrical release. Could this be how a lot of movies now get made? Fans are always clamoring for continuations of certain movies but the theatrical exhibition market makes taking the risk on certain projects way too large. Perhaps this could make slightly more niche projects have a better chance at getting made. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out, but once again, our exclusive info proved right. Expect to see more news about Wedding Crashers 2 on the horizon.