Since its opening in July, Bad Moms, the R-rated comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell, has already stirred up $170.6 million at the box office. Not bad when you consider that the movie only had a budget of $20 million. It should come as no surprise, then, that a franchise is already in the works. But instead of Bad Moms 2, next summer we can all look forward to a stand-alone spin-off, Bad Dads.
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STX, the studio behind Bad Moms, made the following press announcement in regard to the future of the franchise:
Where other studios have automatically green lit traditional and significantly more expensive sequels, STX has determined those sequels on average are grossing 68% less than the originals. Instead, STX has chosen to focus on extending consumer passion for the Bad Moms brand with a series of film spinoffs, a reality television show, short form digital content, and a robust consumer products program.
Bad Dads is already slated to hit theaters on July 14, 2017, despite the fact that casting has yet to be announced. So, let's give the people at STX some inspiration. Let the fancasting begin!
1. The Main Dad - Jason Sudeikis
Like Mila Kunis's character in Bad Moms, this spin-off is going to need one dad that stands up to the mayhem and shirks the mantle of responsibility, effectively flipping the bird to the larger dad collective. A regular dad, someone relatable but also a sort of de facto leader for the Bad Dads movement. Who better than Jason Sudeikis, who's basically already proved he's every dad after We're The Millers.
2. The Stay-At-Home Dad - John Cho
John Cho might have played a high schooler in American Dad, but picture him all grown up, frazzled and taking care of the house and kids while his wife works a full-time corporate job. Maybe he has an ironic Star Trek obsession, and adorable but mischievous triplets.
3. The Single Dad - Bradley Cooper
Since Bad Moms (and hopefully Bad Dads) comes from the same creators as The Hangover, it makes sense that John Lucas and Scott Moore would still have Bradley Cooper in their contacts list. And who better to play the single dad that makes all the other dads a little uncomfortable, yet still manages to make the audience laugh?
4. The Perfect Dad - Jon Hamm
Picture it. The Cub Scout Den Leader. Maybe he spouts some sort of tripe philosophy like "boys will be boys!" and takes everything that his wife does for granted. Kind of like Donald Draper from Mad Men, if he had ever thought about anyone else long enough to become a Cub Scout Leader. But in the end, he'll get his, and the bad dads will bring his baloney patriarchy tumbling down.
5. The Annoying Dad - Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman will play the slightly sniveling sycophant, hanging on Jon Hamm's every word. The two will have a pretty solid relationship, but in the end, Freeman's character — who is probably named something like Arnold — will ultimately see the error in his ways and strike out on his own.
6. The New-Age Parenting Dad - Will Smith
Like Jada Pinkett Smith's Bad Moms character, Stacy, Will Smith's character will pal around with the leader of the Perfect Dads, Jon Hamm. In a complete 180-degree shift from the ultra-ambitious dad he played in The Pursuit of Happyness — forced to be a strung out, constantly working single parent, chasing his career goals — he'll be one of those new age, hands-off type of dads that doesn't believe in discipline of any kind. Probably gluten-free. Hopefully includes cameo from Jaden and Willow.
Which of these actors do you most want to see in 'Bad Dads'?