*With “Best Man Holiday” surpassing all expectations at the box office, Universal is looking to keep the money rolling with a sequel.
Malcolm D. Lee is in currently talks to helm a third film in the franchise according to The Hollywood Reporter. He would write and direct another comedy ensemble, as well as produce with Sean Daniel.
“Best Man Holiday” was a reunion between Lee and the cast of “The Best Man,” the 1999 film that starred Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long and Monica Calhoun, among others.
The movie was made for $17 million but opened to $30.1 million at the box office this weekend. That’s the fifth-largest opening for an R-rated romantic comedy, the second-highest opening for an urban romantic comedy and the sixth-biggest opening for an urban-themed film overall. It also received an A+ CinemaScore across all quadrants.
Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming Jr. writes: “No word yet on locking in the ensemble cast. I don’t believe they have options on a third film, so clearly all of them will be looking for pay bumps. First, Lee has to write it. It took 14 years for Lee to come back with a sequel, but this one is going to happen much more quickly. He is rewriting to direct an untitled project for Fox Searchlight, but this clearly becomes a priority project for Universal.”