Will Ferrell: ‘I Don’t think Step Brothers Sequel is a Good Idea’

Step Brothers, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly
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Will Ferrell is resisting the urge to film a sequel to his hit 2008 comedy Step Brothers, because he thinks some movies are best left alone.

The funnyman and his writing partner Adam McKay have been talking about getting the team back together for years, but Will has come to the conclusion there’s no point, even though fans of the film want a follow-up.

“You have to resist the temptation,” Ferrell tells Rolling Stone. “It’s just tough because the things everyone wants you to do sequels of are special because there’s not a sequel of it. I guess we’ll see, but as of now there are no plans. We just don’t want to be doing sequels of everything.”

That goes against what McKay told Collider in 2014, when he said, “We feel like there’s way more fat to be mined there… One of them’s married and has a kid. They’re still kind of goofballs but they’ve taken three or four steps. Then we have an idea for something that happens that knocks him back to square one.”

A sequel was in the planning stage when McKay and Ferrell started work on Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a film which made them realise not everyone appreciates a follow-up to a classic.

“I think there are actually some people who like it (Anchorman 2) more than the original, but then you always get that little bit of people saying, ‘Awww, why’d they have to do that?'” Ferrell explains.

But Ferrell is planning to re-team with his Step Brothers co-star John C Reilly in a new Sherlock Holmes comedy.

Ferrell will play Holmes and Reilly will take on the role of the literary sleuth’s sidekick Dr. John Watson in the comedy Holmes & Watson.

Etan Cohen, who directed Ferrell in the comedy Get Hard, will take charge of the movie from his own script.

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