'Hangover 3' update: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms bank $15 million each

hangover-ii-opening.jpg "The Hangover" boys are one step closer to coming back for another drunken installment of the film franchise -- after months of negotiations, the three main stars have snagged themselves a major payday.

Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are signing on for a second sequel to the 2009 hit and making a cool $15 million each in the process. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deals are nearly signed after a four-month stall in which the three actors banded together to fight for a $15 million payday.

The trio made just $1 million each for the first "Hangover" movie, which wound up grossing $467 million worldwide. 2011's sequel, "The Hangover Part II," netted each of the debaucherous dudes $5 million each. Frankly, though, we think they deserve the cash. The first two movies made buckets and buckets (like, really large buckets) of money, and they deserve to get in on that action. Besides, would you see another "Hangover" movie without them? We wouldn't.

Cooper said in December of 2011 that he expected filming on the threequel to begin in September. "I hope we're going start shooting in September," he says. "I know Todd Phillips is working on the script. We adhered to the formula in the second one, [and] the third would close the trilogy. I think it'll take place in L.A. and not adhere to the structure, it might be different."
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