You’ve heard it mentioned here and there on message boards and what-not, but we can officially confirm that next year’s most anticipated sequel is on its way. Get ready for "Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj," only without the unnecessary baggage of an actual Van Wilder.
From The Hollywood Reporter: "Bauer Martinez Distribution has acquired North American distribution rights to "Van Wilder II: The Rise of Taj." The film, being produced by Tapestry Films, is shooting in Romania. "Wilder II" is the sequel to 2002’s "National Lampoon’s Van Wilder," which made $21 million at the boxoffice but went on to become a cult hit on DVD. The new film stars Kal Penn, who reprises his role as Taj. In the sequel, Taj heads to England’s Oxford University to further his studies while also showing the uptight student body how to have a good time."
"Van Wilder 2" is directed by Mort Nathan, the man who tried to get 8 of your dollars for "Boat Trip," and penned by first-timer David Gallagher. Starring alongside Mr. Penn (who, I must admit, was pretty damn funny in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle") will be Holly Davidson, Dan Percival, and Stevem Rathman. Notable by his absence (if only because he’s the title character) is Ryan Reynolds.