Hurwitz, Schlossberg to pen third outing
Harold and Kumar are ready to spark up again.
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 to write and direct a third installment for Mandate Pictures.
Greg Shapiro will return as producer.
Storyline is being kept under wraps.
Stars John Cho and Kal Penn are expected to reprise their roles as the ganja-loving duo because Mandate has options on the actors for the third installment.
New Line, which was folded into Warner Bros. in February, distributed the first two films. Warners will likely distribute the third “Harold and Kumar.”
Mandate prexy Nathan Kahane said he is eager to revisit the stoner franchise.
“Thanks to Jon and Hayden, the Harold and Kumar movies pushed envelopes, broke boundaries and connected with fans,” he said. “We are so grateful to be back in business with Jon, Hayden and Greg.”
First film garnered a cult following, earning $18 million domestically in 2004 and generating more than $30 million in DVD coin. Sequel, which cost $12 million, earned $14.9 million its opening weekend before topping out at $38 million. “Guantanamo Bay” is set for release on DVD on Tuesday.
Mandate, which produced “Juno,” has an upcoming slate that includes the Michael Cera starrer “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”; “Passengers,” with Anne Hathaway; and “Peacock,” starring Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Susan Sarandon.