Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are moving back in for Neighbors 2, Universal Pictures said today in slating the sequel to last year’s surprise R-rated hit for May 13, 2016. The original opened to almost $50M in a similar slot last May and ended up grossing $268M-plus worldwide, making it 2014’s top-grossing original comedy.
Nicholas Stoller is returning to helm and The Interview pair Rogen and Evan Goldberg will produce with James Weaver under their Point Grey Pictures. Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, who wrote the original, are back to pen this one too and will executive produce alongside Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake.
Rogen, Stoller and Goldberg will also do some writing.
Universal had previously staked out the date for an untitled R-rated comedy, and last summer Rogen and Goldberg (pre-The Interview) said they had been taking meetings about a sequel to the summer comedy but weren’t sure a deal could get done. (On the first one, they had to trim the budget to $18M, making for a hefty profit: Point Grey’s previous pics 50/50 was made for $8 million and This Is the End for $32 million.)