Wild Hogs 2 gets road blocked
'Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride' is the third film to get dumped by Disney since Rich Ross's reign began.
Rich Ross became chairman of Walt Disney in October and he's already pulling the plug on a third high profile movie since his promotion. Shortly after canning the Robin Williams romantic comedy 'Wedding Banned,' Ross is now slaughtering 'Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride,' which was to see John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy reprising their roles from the first road trip flick. The executive also recently sunk the remake of 'Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.'
According to Variety, Ross's motivation behind divorcing 'Wedding Banned' was the poor box office performance of 'Old Dogs,' a comedy starring both Robin Williams and John Travolta that flopped at the box office. Can Ross's decision to ban Travolta's 'Wild Hogs 2,' also be attributed to the failure of 'Old Dogs?'
Maybe not. The 2007 original 'Wild Hogs' film was an unexpected success, despite negative reviews. Perhaps Ross wants to quit while the hogs are ahead. Because, although all four veteran actors were in negotiations to reprise their roles and start shooting the sequel next year, the chairman of Disney has placed an indefinite road block on their 'Bachelor Ride.'
Why? Variety is reporting that there is a growing understanding within the community that films catering to the family branded model with which Disney is traditionally associated are more likely to get greenlit.
But that is speculation really. The studio has reportedly refused to comment on why the Wild Hogs were driven off the road.