‘The Hangover’ movie sequel slated for 2011 (but for now, there’s the DVD)

'The Hangover' was last year's surprise movie hit that nobody saw coming and now it's killing sales on DVD. But the news through the grapevine has been talk of a movie sequel. When the movie crossed over into mainstream pop culture, three significant things happened.

Number one, a sequel was guaranteed. Director Todd Phillips is preparing it for a 2010 summer shoot and a May 26, 2011 release through Warner Bros. But the storyline and even the city of debauchery is secret, Phillips says. “I’ve been instructed by Warners not to (tell),” he admits.

Number two, a couple of Phillips’ Hollywood pals — actor Vince Vaughn and filmmaker David Dobkin — sent champagne when The Hangover passed Wedding Crashers as the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time in North America.

Number three, the box-office bonanza meant that The Hangover was going to be a top-selling DVD and Blu-ray release for the holidays, even though it is also one of the top-ten pirated movies of 2009. Success breeds success even when people steal your movie because DVDs and Blu-rays “offer something you can’t get by pirating,” Phillips explains.

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