Dumb and Dumber Sequel May Not Be Dead After All
08.07.12 by Ryan
In June, Jim Carrey dropped out of a sequel to 1994's Dumb and Dumber, claiming that he was "frustrated" at the lackluster commitment from studios New Line and Warner Bros. "I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title," Carrey explained at the time.
For those that were excited at the prospect of a sequel and then bummed at Carrey's exit, there's good news: the sequel may not be dead after all. During a recent panel for the Television Critics Association, Jeff Daniels told Crave Online that there's still hope that Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne could step in front of cameras again next year.
Jim wants to do it. I want to do it. The Farrellys [writer-directors Peter and Bobby] want to do it. They want to rewrite the script a little bit and they aren’t trying to jam it in before I have to go back and do Newsroom in November. So they’re going, "Why don’t we just do it right? Let’s get everybody organized to go next May or June." If everything works out on the business side, that’s what we’ll do but I think there’s more hope than ever.
So, if the plan is just to shoot the movie later than originally intended (this September), why did Carrey drop out? Daniels said he "understood" Carrey's reasons, but it wasn't a permanent break.
I understood why, because this has been a year and a half of a whole bunch of are we, aren’t we, what’s going on, yeah the script’s funny, no it’s not, now we have to have notes. So I think Jim just got frustrated and I completely got it. I was frustrated too. We thought it was in pretty good shape. The studio and others wanted some more work done it. The Farrellys wanted more work done on it so they got working on it and I think last week they decided to push the shooting of it to next year, possibly because I wasn’t going to move The Newsroom.
The initial script was written by That's My Boy director Sean Anders and screenwriting partner John Morris (Mr. Popper's Penguins, Hot Tub Time Machine), but is now clearly getting a rewrite from the Farrellys. As long as Carrey stays on board and doesn't get frustrated with how New Line and Warners promote and release his upcoming comedy Burt Wonderstone next year, it looks like Harry and Lloyd will be back.