Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis signed up 'Horrible Bosses' 2 back in March

Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon has reportedly pulled out of the forthcoming sequel.

According to Deadline, scheduling conflicts forced Gordon to quit Horrible Bosses 2 and studio New Line are now “actively seeking” a replacement to shoot the sequel this autumn (2013).

Back in March (2013), stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis all signed deals to return for Horrible Bosses 2. At the time, Jamie Foxx was said to be “in negotiations” to reprise his scene-stealing role as self-styled “murder consultant” Motherfucker Jones.

Directed by Gordon and released in 2011, Horrible Bosses starred Bateman, Day and Sudeikis as a trio of harassed employees who team up to murder each others’ managers, played by Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston. Made for a modest $35 million (£23 million), the hit comedy went on to gross nearly $210 million (£135 million) at cinemas worldwide.

The sequel will introduce a brand new set of bosses and has a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who penned the original film with a third screenwriter, Michael Markowitz.