As Vince pointed out earlier, Bobby and Peter Farrelly are trying desperately to climb back to the top of the Hollywood comedy mountain after plummeting to a snowy grave somewhere around 2003. The first step in returning to glory is apparently their Three Stooges project and the second step is a sequel to Dumb and Dumber, which was a huge success 17 years ago.
The plan is to give Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd the Rocky V treatment and pretend like it never existed. Judging by the $40 million it made at the box office in 2003, that won’t be too hard. So how serious are the Farrelly brothers? They’re getting the band back together.
Now, things are heating up. The original Dumb and Dumber, made on a $16 million budget, grossed nearly $250 million worldwide. They could have done this a long time ago, but New Line unwisely went forward with Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. Original producers Charles B. Wessler, Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler will be back as producers, as will the Farrelly’s longtime Conundrum Entertainment partner Bradley Thomas.
Before anyone gets too excited, the new Dumb and Dumber, which Jim Carrey has also said is happening, will be written by Sean Anders and John Morris, who just wrapped up Adam Sandler’s I Hate You, Dad*, which means they could be under the Happy Madison spell, in which case they’ll need to be deloused and treated to comedy therapy first.
As for casting, the Farrellys should stick to the original film’s formula and have Harry and Lloyd fighting over an attractive redhead. Maybe Emma Stone is available.
*Co-stars include Susan Sarandon, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Will Forte, Milo Ventimiglia, Ian Ziering, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice, Dan Patrick, Tony Orlando, Alan Thicke as himself, and only Blake Clark of the Happy Madison crew is listed, so it’s up in the air. However, Leighton Meester and Sarandon’s smoking hot daughter Eva Amurri are also in it, and they are wonderful.