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With the success of The Best Man sequel The Best Man Holiday, it’s no surprise that the studios would want to go to the well one more time. And Malcolm Lee was ready for them. It would seem that he started writing the third installment of The Best Man franchise before the second one was even in theaters. Fans of the films (read the MadameNoire staff) are anxious to know what’s in store for round three. Luckily, director Malcolm Lee and Morris Chestnut spoke with Vibe at the American Black Film Festival to spill some tea. See what they had to say.
**Note** For those of you who have yet to see the second movie, do better. But also click away. There will be spoiler alerts about the second film in the quotes below.
Morris Chestnut: It will be…it will probably be the funniest of them all. It’s going to have a lot of twists and turns, I just can’t tell you the storyline.
Malcolm Lee: It’s going to be some romance. There’ll be some sex, there’s going to be a wedding and it’s going to be a distant location.
Morris thought that the studio had a script but Lee confirmed that the script is not quite ready for the studios yet.
MC: I’m excited because the last movie I was kind of upset throughout the whole movie and very emotional, so Malcolm promised me that this movie is going to be completely different for me. So I’m looking forward to that.
ML: You don’t just get over the death of your life mate, your soul partner. So he is going to be sad. We’ll feel sad for him but in a very different way, a very different way this time around. This is going to be one of Morris Chestnut’s funniest roles.
Yaasss! I’m here for this. Though the “distant location” part made me a little skeptical at first, the fact that we’ll be “sad for him” in a different way” makes it sound like the story is going to be complex and not easily predictable. Here.For.It.
I hope the studios aren’t on that bo-yang and they don’t hesitate in getting this made. I’ve essentially already bought my ticket.
Are you as excited as I am?
Take a look at the two men talking about the upcoming movie in the video below.
From The Grio
Director Malcolm D. Lee isn’t surprised that The Best Man Holiday had a huge debut the weekend at the box office.
The film which held down the No. 1 spot at the box office Friday, brought in an estimated $30.6 million, only about $8 million behind the chart-topper Thor: The Dark World.
During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Lee talked about The Best Man Holiday smashing box office expectations, and weighed on USA Today calling the sequel to The Best Man a “race-themed” film.
“I thought the expectations for The Best Man Holiday were low,” Lee says. “I was not surprised that we did better than they thought. I had a number in my head north of $22 million or north of $25 million. I felt if we did that we would be in really great shape. To be north of $30 million is fantastic. I resent the notion that we over-performed I felt like we were underestimated.”
“I think they had no idea what this movie meant to the fans of the first Best Man,” Lee explained. “They completely underestimated that fans would come out in droves. I completely underestimated that people would call out of work and come to Friday matinees. However I definitely expected people to come out.”
USA Today set of a social media frenzy Sunday when they tweeted and published a headline that read“‘Holiday’ Nearly Beat ‘Thor’ as Race-Themed Films Soar.” Twitter erupted with many finding the headline to be racially insensitive.
Read more at TheGrio.com
From Black Voices
Since the premiere of his debut feature film “The Best Man” in 1999, Malcolm Lee has become one of the most prominent directors in Hollywood. Lee discussed his career journey and the inspiration for his sequel to black cinema classic, “The Best Man Holiday,” starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall exclusively on The Craft.
Watch Malcolm Lee’s interview at BlackVoices.com
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