If you are doing a follow-up to the 2014 comedy hit Neighbors, of course you're going to want it to be a little different. The sequel is planning just that as it gets officially titled Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. And next year, after battling a couple of raunchy Frat Boys, Seth Rogen and his on-screen wife Rose Byrne are going to be going to war with the mother of all Sorority sisters, Chloe Moretz, who confirms herself as the female lead.
Seth Rogen spent the final half of 2014 in the news for his controversial comedy The Interview. A terrorist group demanded the film be canceled, taking responsibility for the massive Sony hack that saw quite a few embarrassing emails leaked. While the movie did decent numbers after it was officially released in a handful of independent theaters and on VOD, Seth Rogen found greater success early in the summer with Neighbors. The comedy about a young married couple dealing with the birth of their first child as a fraternity moves into the house next door pulled in $150 million off a $18 million budget. It's total global haul was $268 million. So of course a sequel was almost immediately announce. But as the year moved forward, we heard little about it.
It was announced in February that Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is arriving May 13, 2016. That means shooting needs to start fairly soon. With Seth Rogen currently finishing the Preacher pilot for AMC, word on the sequel has stayed relatively quite. Until this past week, when the title and headlining cast were announced. Over the weekend, Chloe Moretz announced the casting on her personal Twitter page. She states the following.
"Excited to announce I'll be apart of #Neighbors with @Sethrogen - Buckle up people ...it's the girls' time to take over.. ;)
It doesn't take a genius to figure out the basic premise of the plot with a title like Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. While no official synopsis has been released, it's safe to assume that Chloe Moretz and her sorority sisters move into the house vacated by Zac Efron and his Fraternity brothers. The couple will be forced to recruit Zac Efron to help fight the new enemy. As you may remember, Neighbors ended with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron's characters becoming friends. Original director Nick Stoller will return to helm this second installment. He will also co-write alongside Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising will serve as a nice change of pace for Chloe Moretz. She has become known for much darker drama and genre fare, making a name for herself as Hit-Girl in the Kick-Ass franchise. She also headlined the horror remakes Carrie and Let Me In. She recently wrapped on the sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave. It looks like Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising will be keeping its May 2016 release date, which has it arriving just one week after Captain America: Civil War. What do you think? Does Chloe Moretz have enough firepower to make this another hit?