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Wedding Crashers 2 Falls Apart at the Finish Line

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn
Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic
Matthew Belloni
September 23, 2021

Wedding Crashers is one of my favorite comedies, so this is a bummer: I’m told the sequel, after years of development, nearly-done deals for the stars, and a production planned to start this month, is now not happening.

Why? Owen Wilson. Warner Bros.’ Toby Emmerich and Richard Brener had worked hard to reunite director David Dobkin with Wilson and Vince Vaughn, as well as Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher, and figure out a script that made sense in the #MeToo era. Wilson and Vaughn would make $10 million each, I’m told, with Dobkin also cashing in. (He earned $4 million to direct Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga for Netflix, but has mostly been in director jail since the 2014 flop The Judge.) Production was set to begin in Georgia and Puerto Rico, and some cast and key crew had begun looking for housing.