Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels' Dumb And Dumber sequel has been given a new lease of life after bosses at Universal Pictures snapped up the distribution rights days after the project was dropped by Warner Bros. executives. Both actors had signed up to reprise their roles as bumbling duo Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in the follow-up and reteam with Bobby and Peter Farrelly, the writers and directors of the original 1994 cult comedy.
The film, which had been in the works for years at Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema, hit a stumbling block last week (ends14Jun13) when it was wiped from the studio's slate of planned projects amid reports of waning interest following the poor box office performance of Carrey's latest release, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, in March (13).
However, the Farrelly brothers have bounced back with a new financier and distributor after Universal executives signed on to take charge of the film's release in North America, reports Deadline.com.
The upcoming comedy will be the third installment of the Dumb and Dumber franchise - prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd hit cinemas in 2003.
Just when we thought they couldn't possibly be any dumber, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne go and do something like this… and this time, they might not even get a chance to totally redeemed themselves.
Dumb and Dumber To, the long-awaited sequel to Bobby and Pete Farrelly's classic '90s comedy, Dumb and Dumber, was expected to begin shooting by New Line Cinema this spring. But to the dismay of fans hoping for a return trip to the Rockies, New Line's parent company, Warner Bros., replied, "See ya later!" (after a gleeful "Big Gulps, huh?"), dropping the project and shopping it to other studios.
Unlike New Line's disappointing 2003 prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, the potential sequel secured the original blockheaded buddies, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, to hit the road in search of Harry's illegitimate daughter for a kidney transplant. Regardless of whether they'll be traveling in a doggy van or a moped, Warner Bros. sees limited promise in a follow-up. Despite the low $30 million budget range, the poor performance of the company's similar-costing Steve Carell-Steve Buscemi comedy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, recently grossed only $22 million domestically. By chance, the movie also featured Carrey.
As the Farrelly brothers seek a new financier and distributor for the project, our list of unanswered questions expands. Did Harry and Lloyd ever open their pet store, "I Got Worms"? Did Lloyd fall off the jet-way again? The original film cost $17 million to make but grossed more than $247 million at the time. If a new studio gets on board, New Line will still receive a licensing fee and a share of the backend. All that matters to us is that they're telling us there's a chance!
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The future of the long-rumored sequel to Dumb and Dumber is less clear than ever, after Jim Carrey bowed out of the project.
ETOnline reports that Carrey was rumored to have grown increasingly frustrated with studios New Line and Warner Bros.' lack of excitement about Dumb and Dumber To (yes, that was the actual working title) — and it ultimately led to Carrey exiting the project, telling ETOnline, "I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title."
Carrey starred as Lloyd Christmas (alongside Jeff Daniels as Harry Dunne) in the hit 1994 Farrelly brothers comedy, which spawned a prequel, 2003's not-quite-as-beloved Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. A proper sequel, in which both lead actors were reportedly reprising their roles, was said to be in the works, but Carrey's departure obviously renders that very much uncertain.
Carrey's next film is the 2013 comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, alongside Olivia Wilde and Steve Carell.
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