Or more precisely, the “Hogs” aren’t moving, as Disney has pulled the plug on “Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride,” the professed sequel to John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence’s 2007 flick about middle-aged bikers facing their inevitable mid-life crisis.
Despite having writers aboard for the sequel’s script, not to mention ongoing discussions with returning cast and crew, Disney decided to roast the pig instead, resulting in the third Disney movie death in recent weeks.
The House of Mouse previously put the kibosh on “Wedding Banned,” a comedy that would have starred Robin Williams and Anna Faris. Additionally, the proposed “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” adaptation shipwrecked upon Not-Gonna-Happen Island, as Disney decided to reevaluate the project before embarking with “Terminator Salvation” director McG as the captain.
While “Wild Hogs 2″ caps off the triumvirate of recently cancelled Disney flicks –- and, as they say, big deaths come in threes –- it’s not unfair to wonder how this bodes for a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, considering star Johnny Depp’s previously announced waning enthusiasm for the franchise.
Will these incidents rub off on Jack Sparrow’s potential next voyage? Is the swashbuckler’s future unaffected by the trio of cancelled Disney projects? Nothing is for sure, except that we won’t be seeing a leather-clad John Travolta and Tim Allen riding alongside each other anytime in the near future. Frankly, I could do without that mental image anyway.
What do you make of Disney’s recent cancellations of “Wild Hogs 2″ and other projects? Does it portend bad things for the already troubled “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!