In what has to be considered good news for fans of both weed-sparked humor and Neil Patrick Harris, it’s being reported by Variety that Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and directed the latter, will return as multi-hyphenates for a third installment in the outrageous comedy series.
Stars Kal Penn and John Cho (above, left to right) will reprise their roles as the ganja-loving duo, and Warner Bros., which absorbed New Line in February of this year, will likely distribute the third flick, to be produced by Mandate Pictures. This is the rare case of a financial no-brainer — the first film grossed $23 million worldwide on a $9 million budget, and was understandably a DVD smash, while the second installment pushed its cumulative haul to $40 million, with only a slip up-tick in cost — that also makes sense from a creative standpoint, given that Hurwitz and Schlossberg took so easily and breezily to life behind the camera. Yes, the movies are at their core basically just lewd, pot-infused, culturally-tweaked re-imaginations of The Odd Couple, but Hurwitz and Schlossberg exhibited a fairly deft touch with both topical political humor and cross-cut comedy of racial expectation, while keeping it all nicely rooted in character. Ideally this movie would be best served by a break of a couple years — allowing a new presidential administration to establish a foothold, and a slightly new tone of the country to be set — but of course the marketplace likely won’t allow that. So we’ll see what happens.
* – and by green I mean weed, see?