Could Wedding Crashers 2 really be true? Could we actually be getting a sequel to the 2005 hit comedy Wedding Crashers? Would Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson be up for taking a look at the life of the Crashers as middle-aged men? The answer to all those questions, we hope, will be answered shortly.
Before we talk about Wedding Crashers 2, the original film crashed movie theaters to great delight. The hit comedy told the story of two big-time womanizers John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) who have committed themselves to a life of bachelorhood, using the romantic idea of marriage as their way of scoring with women. They would crash wedding after wedding, preying on single women who have been overcome with romance at the thought of marriage. It’s a scam that has worked for the boys many wedding seasons over. That is until they decide to crash the wedding of the daughter of the Treasury Secretary and meet two of his other daughters. Life and love will never be the same.
Over the years since Wedding Crashers premiered, talk of Wedding Crashers 2 typically didn’t go far because Vaughn, Wilson, and original director David Dobkin didn’t think there was a story to tell. Dobkin told Collider why they continued to turn down Warner Bros.’ request for a sequel. “Everybody keeps hitting me up about a Wedding Crashers sequel. We don’t have a script that we’re there with yet. For many, many years every year, I got offered to do the sequel, there were some very big deals on the table. And none of us wanted to do a retread of the same movie again. Anything within those first years that we talked about was the same movie, and we were like, ‘Why?’ Financially I probably shouldn’t have done that, but I did (laughs). And Vince and Owen didn’t want to do it either.”
Vaughn, for his part, has the same outlook about Wedding Crashers 2 as Dobkin. Though many of Vaughn’s movies could easily have been turned into sequels. There could have been a possible Dodgeball 2 or even Fred Claus 2. What about an Old School sequel called New School? But in Vaughn’s own words via Cinemablend’s Reel Blend Vaughn states, “I never made a sequel to a lot of these films, at the time, cause it felt like we were just chasing a success…” But now? The idea of a Wedding Crashers 2 sounds more relevant. Vaughn continued on with Reel Blend, “…what I like about where Crashers could potentially be at is, there’s something that’s of this moment that feels really good.” Music to our ears, Vince.
It’s clear that Dobkin has also been giving Wedding Crashers 2 more thought. “10 years later, when I was asked again and I hung up the phone after saying no, I thought about it and I’m like, ‘Well I’d be curious what it’d be like for guys in their late 40s who end up being single again and have to go back out in the world. What a weird, difficult, challenging story that is.’ And as long as there’s a real story in the middle of it, to me, it can be a movie.”
Dobkin followed this idea up with more detail when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly. “I had an idea that really stuck in my mind,” he revealed. “Ten or more years later, all of a sudden these guys are in their mid to late 40s and they end up single — what do they do? That’s interesting to me, because I know guys in their mid to late 40s who have ended up single, whether it’s out of marriages that didn’t work out or they just didn’t find anyone to marry, and it’s a head trip for men, the idea of maybe I’m not going to be a dad, maybe I’m not going to be married. So it became a real cultural question and it yielded an interesting kind of center to the movie.” Sounds like a story is coming together.
But don’t think it’s just Vaughn, Dobkin, and Wilson who are hoping for a Wedding Crashers 2. You can also count Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two more wanting more. They starred in Dobkin’s Netflix’s comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and had this to say. Ferrell, speaking to E! News, said, “Wedding Crashers 2, yeah. I think we can just say it’s being written.” McAdams also says she’d be up for a sequel, “I got to work with Owen again on Midnight in Paris, so that was super fun,” McAdams noted. “And I worked with Vince again on True Detective, now I’m just remembering it. But those were very different. So yeah, it’d be nice to go back and have a romp.”
So, with a possible storyline coming into focus with Vaughn, Wilson, McAdams, and even Ferrell wanting to come back, what about the others? Would we get Isla Fisher back as the borderline crazy sister? Would Christopher Walken and Jane Seymour (“Kitty Kat”) be up for it, 15 years later? And what about Oscar-winning actor Bradley Cooper. Could we see him bringing back his manic Sack Lodge? Let’s hope the answer is yes to all of the above.