Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are going to war with Warner Bros. The three joined forces and asked the studio for $15 million each (against backend) to reprise their roles in the upcoming ‘Hangover 3’ movie.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Dealmaking on the studio’s third installment in the raunchy comedy franchise is wrapping up after dragging on for months due in part to the salary demands of its three stars. Sources close to the negotiations say Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are asking for $15 million each (against backend) to reprise their roles, and they now are likely to get it.
That’s a major difference from what the actors got paid in 2009, for “The Hangover.” For part one, the studio paid the headliners under $1 million each and grossed a whopping $467 million worldwide. That is a huge profit!
Negotiations were tough for The Hangover sequel, which was released last May. According to sources, the three main stars each made around $5 million plus back-end compensation, that ended up being into the mid-teens (and counting). The second installment did even better than part one, grossing around $581 million worldwide.
Warners Bros. hopes part three can start filming this summer and be ready for a 2013 Memorial Day release, a report claims.
All the lead actors who formed the alliance are being represented in negotiations by CAA.
“It’ll happen,” says a source. “It’s a proven commodity, which is rare these days.”
Warner Bros. and CAA haven’t commented about the negotiations.