Comedy sequels have been a fool's mission for a long, long time. Do you know anyone who thinks Ghostbusters 2 is better than the first? What about The Hangover 2 being as much a hilarious thrill as the first? No, you probably don't, and there's a reason for that. When a studio has a comedy hit, they have their perfect template for the sequel: exactly what the first movie was.
Speaking with director for his latest comedy, Identity Thief, he told us not to expect that from Horrible Bosses 2. It's been over a year and a half since the first movie and, Gordon and company have been wise enough to wait for a story worth telling:
I think it has to be a script you want to make that respects any of the equity of the original movie. That's what I think a comedy sequel should do, and we're in the process of nailing that down for Horrible Bosses 2. I definitely don't want to make a movie that recycles what worked in the first, and I just don't see any creative reward in that.
Of course not using what worked best in the first movie doesn't mean Horrible Bosses 2 will take a complete left turn. It just may not end up as more of the same if Seth Gordon has his druthers, but don't expect a sequel which forgets the charm of its predecessor, even though we may not see , , and trying to kill any more horrible bosses:
I'm not saying it has to be a whole sale departure, but I think if you just recycle the plot, then you're just chasing your tail. There will be some of the same characters, though. The way the trio of guys interacted was what made that movie fun, so I'm sure it'll be that. I'll say it won't be the same concept of them wanting to kill their bosses. We already saw that.
Beyond that, the story itself has been kept under wraps. Since we won't see the three guys plotting murder again, maybe the tables will turn? Gordon having them be the horrible bosses would certainly make for a nice and creative surprise.