Universal Pictures will be banking on the popularity of ‘Neighbors’ in 2016, the studio confirmed earlier today that a “Neighbors 2” sequel has been added to the summer calendar. The first comedy was a gigantic success for Universal Pictures, and the two stars of the first installment will be coming back in the follow-up film.
Both Seth Rogen and Zac Efron will be reprising their roles in the next film, original director Nicholas Stoller will also be returning in the same role. With a moderate budget of just $18 million to produce, the original ‘Neighbors’ film grossed over $260 million at the worldwide box-office. Universal has set a May 2016 release window for the film as of today,
The original film featured a script written by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, pitting two neighbors against each other. On one side you had the average couple of Rogen and Byrne with their new baby, and on the other side of the fence, a fraternity house with Zac Efron ruling the roost. The writing team of Cohen and O’Brien will once again be writing the script for the second film.
So what’s changed in the new film? This time Efron and Rogen will team-up, after a sorority house becomes Rogen’s new neighbors he will need Efron and his team to help kick them out of the neighborhood. The original film released in May as well, Universal Pictures is hoping to start filming as early as this summer.
“The Interview” producers (Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver) are joining together through Point Grey Pictures to produced “Neighbors 2”. Good Universe is also attached to produce the film.