'Horrible Bosses 2' Finds a Director, but Can the Film Succeed Without Jennifer Aniston?

horrible-bosses-2I'm curious, why is We're the Millers enjoying so much success at the theater? Is it because of Jason Sudeikis? Is it because it's really that funny? Or could it have anything to do with Jennifer Aniston? I could ask the same thing about the 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses, which also starred Aniston and Sudeikis along with Jason Bateman and Charlie Day. That film went on to make over $209 million worldwide on a $35 million budget... Why?

Maybe you think it's Bateman. Well, how about Identity Thief... Did that do well because of Bateman or Melissa McCarthy? Considering The Heat ultimately made more than Identity Thief I think I'll have to lean more toward McCarthy on this one.

What I'm trying to say, is that while Warner Bros. is putting Horrible Bosses 2 together with the director of Sex Drive and That's My Boy, Sean Anders, to replace the original Horrible Bosses (and Identity Thief) director, Seth Gordon, and while they have confirmed the return of Bateman, Sudeikis and Day and most likely Jamie Foxx, I think they're going to need a heavy female hitter to really sell the film all over again.

Original screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are drafting the screenplay and I sincerely hope they've written in a part for Aniston or some kind of female comedian because I'm not sure it will survive without one. What do you think?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Horrible Bosses was a pleasant surprise for me. I actually liked it. Why can't hollywood let these movies be a stand alone one?

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    You hit it on the head when you mentioned "Identity Thief" (a Jennifer Aniston-less comedy that still racked in the bucks; albeit thanks to McCarthy). I'd say that a heavy female hitter for "Horribles Bosses 2" is absolutely essential. It would be naive of Stern and Ratner to not see that.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Frankf3/ Frank

    I thought the Aniston was the best part of Horrible Bosses and the first time I thought she was funny in anything.

    I think Kristen Schaal would be a good female comedian to cast, I love just about all her work.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    I agree that financially for the film losing Aniston is a big blow.

    Personally, this is great news. I have never been a fan of Aniston and I felt she was a weak spot in the first film which I overall enjoyed.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I thought the film started off ok but got less funny as time went on, Jamie Foxx scenes aside. Plus, I didn't actually Aniston was a horrible boss, the fact she was so damn sexy made that notion ridiculous, if that first one was made now im sure you would have McCarthy in her place or even a man dressed up as a women.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      Hey, being hot doesn't make sexual harassment okay.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

        Hey. This much i realise but from the point of the film i thought that storyline was the most ludicrous. Let me put it another way, i didnt think it was funny because etc....

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt Taylor

    I enjoyed "Horrible Bosses" quite a bit and Aniston was easily the best part of the film. Personally, I think she's a highly underrated comedic actress, even if she's picked some terrible projects over the past few years. "Horrible Bosses 2" doesn't sound like a great idea in the first place, but without Aniston I really have no interest.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyB/ Jimmy B

    While I agree that Melissa McCarthy has been the driving force behind most of her recent films, I feel like We're the Millers has been a large success thanks to a strong combination of timing, originality, and casting. Horrible Bosses benefited a little more from Aniston (especially since it was a 180 from her usual work), but I'd argue that it too had a unique concept that helped bring audiences in. This isn't to say Aniston isn't a big star or anything, I just think whether or not HB2 succeeds will depend more on the appeal of its premise (especially if it can avoid repeating the formula of the first) than on the cast.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JimmyDiamies/ Jimmy Diamies

    The comedic actress isn't as much of a necessity as one that is ... well-rounded. Aniston is a big name and men wanna see her play these sexy roles. I think Sudeikis is actually a decent draw. Most people I know think he is hilarious. It is obviously a combination of things and losing Aniston could be a detriment to the success of the sequel because I am having a hard time thinking of someone with her star-power that could do comedy and put asses in the seats by showing some skin

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    Nicole Kidman was great in Just Go With It, and I can see her sinking her teeth into some comedic madness if they decide to go with her for Horrible Bosses 2.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JNFilms/ JN Films

      I still can't believe she actually was in that bad of a film

  • Joseph Lacerenza

    she is definitely the reason the movie grossed as much as it did , but selling her sensuality to a general public when it belongs really to a husband is like selling stolen candy to children , comedy has been her stock and trade her quality of pantomime is unsurpassed , insecurities seem to be my stock in trade in certain areas, I wish she wouldn't do it

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ASFan/ ASFan

    Creatively, what purpose would her character have in a second? Kristen Wiig did the smart thing and said no to a second Bridesmaids and there isn't going to be a second one.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kathrynlynn/ kathrynlynn

    I think there are plenty example of male driven comedies that have found success- the hangover series, wedding crashers, Adam Sandler films, Meet the Parents, Will Ferrel...

    Now I know not everything is always a hit, and neither is female driven things. I would say Mccarthy is hot right now- so she probably is a bigger draw, but i'm not sure aniston is a draw herself, so much as the vehicle with which she is put into.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/m1/ m1

    The first one was a forgettable mediocrity but Aniston, Spacey, and Farrell were the best parts of it. The other actors were just decoration. I have very little interest in a sequel especially if Aniston isn't returning.

  • imane assi

    Won't watch it without Aniston.She was easily the biggest draw and the best part of the first one.And her performance was brilliant and perfect.But I hope she doesn't do the sequel because given how all the stories ended.a sequel males no sense.I expect the script to be weak.

  • Anne Somers

    It seems as if it hasn't been officialy confirmed yet, but Jennifer Aniston will be in Horrible Bosses 2. I've seen an interview in which she said that she was very exited and that they were going to start shooting soon. So she'll be in it. Enough of a reason to see it right?