Among all the big budget superheroes movies and tentpoles studios provide a near constant supply of new comedy movies. They’re often fairly inexpensive to produce, require little VFX, and the ones that connect with audiences can be highly profitable. 2013 has already provided a few hits (Identity Theif) and misses (Movie 43, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), so here’s a list of some notable comedies coming this year.
New Comedy Movies 2013
The Hangover Part III – 24 May
The Hangover and The Hangover Part II combined have made over $1 billion at the global box office, and Warner Bros. will be releasing “the epic conclusion to the trilogy of mayhem and bad decisions” in May. With the type of revenue these films have generated I doubt this will be the end, but it’s a great marketing tagline.
The Hangover Part III will be a departure story-wise from the previous films, instead focusing on Zach Galifiankis’ character escaping from a mental institution with help from the wolf pack (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms). From the trailer it also looks to be a road trip movie, with Ken Jeong back as Mr. Chow and Heather Graham returning as the stripped and escort from the first film.
This Is The End – 14 June
This Is The End marks the directorial debut of Seth Rogen, who stars in the film and also wrote the script. It is based on a short movie called Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse which Rogen and Jay Baruchel made in 2007. As well as those two actors, comedy regulars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson also star and will play fictional versions of themselves in the aftermath of a global apocalypse. Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Rihanna will also show up (all playing themselves).
The Heat – 28 June
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy have both had success in comedy movies over recent years, with Bullock’s The Proposal earning $300m worldwide in 2009 and McCarthy’s Identity Thief being one of the breakout hits of 2013. Putting the two together was a very good idea, and should generate a lot of interest when The Heat opens in June.
The film follows an uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) who is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy) in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. Hilarity will ensue as neither woman have ever worked with a partner before, and aren’t that great at making friends. The Heat is directed by Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in Bridesmaids to great success.
The World’s End – 14 August (UK) & 25 October (US)
Fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have been waiting patiently for a number of years now for Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost to re-team and finish their ‘Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy’. The World’s End will be that film and, like This Is The End, it involves the apocalypse.
The story will follow five friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine) who reunite to recreate (and top) an epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier. As they attempt to return to The World’s End pub to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future. Humankind has unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues – 20 December
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy wasn’t all that successful when it was released back in 2004. It made less than $100 million in total, but thanks to strong home media sales it grew cult comedy status, and fans have wanted a sequel for years. Initially Paramount didn’t want a sequel because the international box office potential didn’t seem great (the first made a mere $5 million), but they finally gave the film the green-light in March 2012.
Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and David Koechner will reprise their roles, and there’ll be new additions to the newsroom in the form of Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, James Marsden and Meagan Good. The story will focus on the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle in 1978-79. Director Adam McKay also said it will deal with diversification in local news stations, with Latino anchors and African-American anchors joining the ranks. This will no doubt cause problems for Ron Burgundy who had a hard time dealing with a female anchor taking his place in the first film.
Which new comedy movies are you looking forward to seeing this year?