After the success of the first Wedding Crashers, it is pretty surprising that the studio didn’t immediately rush to green light a sequel to further capitalize on the success. But according to a new interview with Uproxx, director David Dobkin explains that’s just what the studio wanted to do.
They asked us to do it. I mean, they asked us to do it by Monday morning of opening weekend! And they put a king’s ransom on the table for us to say yes. And the couple times we sat down and hashed it out — Vince and Owen and I, by the way, we spent a couple of afternoons laughing our asses off, but in the long run, I was like, it’s the same movie. I don’t want to make the same movie again. It just felt like we worked really hard and we had a target in mind. It was almost like I led the battle of the bulge and we succeeded, and any good movie is really hard to pull off. And it just seemed really unlikely that we were going to make people as happy again the second time, especially at that point.
So, with the three of them in agreement, Dobkin apparently passed. And for years, he says that around the July 15th anniversary of the film’s release, he’d get a call asking if he thought about it. He’d always say that he didn’t know a way in which you could improve on the first one in a way that was funny. Until four years ago, when he hung up the phone, and realized he did have an idea. “Two guys that are in their mid to late 40s, that all of a sudden find themselves single again and have a skillset for that? But it’s actually a skillset that’s not going to work for them anymore? They’re kind of too old for this. I’m like, at least that’s a real story.”
My friends that are in their late 40s who, either their marriages didn’t work out or they never even necessarily ended up with the girl that they wanted to marry. In either version, you can’t just have the life you want because you want it. And when you get later in age and you find that even going out dating is weird and strange and you’re looked at as a bit of an old man. I was like, that’s funny. How can we take that? That would be the story I would want to see of these two guys, and so we started hashing it out and we played around with it. It seems very promising. None of us feel like we need to go make the movie, we only would want to do it if we really thought we could nail it. But we’ve had conversations even recently. Owen and I connected last week and Vince and I connected the week before that, and there’s something that may be close. But we’re not going to move until we all agree if that ever happens.
Coincidentally, the film that Dobkin was out promoting, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, also stars two co-stars from Wedding Crashers with Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. “Wedding Crashers 2, yeah. I think we can just say it’s being written,” Ferrell told E! News. He then joked “How about if it’s just the lawyers representing everyone in divorce court? Wedding Crashers 2. And just make it like a legal courtroom drama, not funny at all.” McAdams also added that she’d be in to work with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson again.
So after all these years, it’s looking like this is something that could actually happen again.