Just eight months after a report revealed that a sequel to last year's surprise comedy hit Neighbors may not come to fruition, Universal Pictures is moving forward with the sequel, setting a May 13, 2016 release date. Neighbors 2 will go up against Paramount's Friday the 13th reboot next May. Original Neighbors stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are all set to return for the follow-up.
The original Neighbors centered on Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne), who move into their first house together with their newborn child. Shortly thereafter, a raucous fraternity moves in next door, making their lives a living hell as this suburban couple goes to war with these hard-partying college kids, lead by Teddy (Zac Efron). Neighbors was one of the biggest comedy hits of 2014, taking in $150 million at the domestic box office and over $268 million worldwide, from just an $18 million production budget.
Neighbors director Nick Stoller is also returning to direct. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who wrote the original comedy, are coming back to write the script, with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Nick Stoller also working on the script with them. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the sequel's plot has a female twist. The story follows a sorority that moves in next to the Radner's, as the couple enlists help from their former enemies in the fraternity to take down these wild coeds.
Seth Rogen is producing alongside his Point Grey partners Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, with Good Universe' Joseph Drake and Nathan Kahane serving as executive producers. Production is scheduled to begin this summer, so stay tuned for more updates on Neighbors 2.