Universal announced the return of Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, and Rose Byrne for the upcoming Neighbors 2 that is in the works.
Set to premiere in May of 2016, the comedy is a follow up to the 2014 summer blockbuster Neighbors. The original Neighbors cost just $18 million to make, while taking in a global income of $268 million.
The sequel is also said to reunite Efron and Rogen with director Nicholas Stoller.
In the original film, Rogen and Byrne play young parents who suddenly find themselves having to deal with new neighbors — Efron and his hard partying fraternity brothers. With all of their finances tied up in their home and wanting a quiet, safe environment for their baby, Rogen and Byrne wage a hilarious war against Efron and his frat boys in a desperate effort to be the last neighbor standing.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver of Point Grey Pictures will produce the follow-up. The film will be executive produced by the original Neighbors writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, as well as Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe.
Cohen and O’Brien will also return to write the film with the help of Goldberg and Rogen.
Moviefone revealed a plot line for Neighbors 2, saying that Rogen and Byrne will reprise their roles as Mac and Kelly Radner but instead of battling Efron’s fraternity this time around, they will be enlisting their help to take on a new set of neighbors… a sorority.
There is no word on who will play the leader of the sorority.
Neighbors 2 is the first deal for Rogen since the global debacle known as The Interview.
The Interview was the Seth Rogen/James Franco failure that dominated headlines late last year after it was pulled from theaters shortly before its premiere due to terrorist threats from North Korea.
The Interview starred Rogen and Franco as journalists who are enlisted by the U.S. government to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. It was a critical and financial flop. The film was recently released on Netflix and is estimated to have lost Sony Pictures a cool $30 million.
Rogen also recently made headlines for his controversial comments about the film American Sniper, comparing parts to the movie to a scene depicting Nazi propaganda in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.
Perhaps Neighbors 2 featuring a shirtless Zac Efron and the promise of no Interview sequel will be enough for Seth Rogen to get back in the good graces of moviegoers.
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