Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
It hadn’t occurred to me that we might get another Dumb and Dumber, but now that the idea’s been floated, I’m finding it has the ring of inevitability about it. At the Sydney press junket for Hall Pass this weekend, Dumb and Dumber co-director Bob Farrelly announced that he and brother/co-director Peter Farrelly were planning a sequel to their 1994 hit. Dumb and Dumber is the movie that initially put the Farrelly Brothers on the map, kicking off a successful career that includes There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal and (my personal favorite of their films — yeah, yeah, judge all you want) Stuck on You, among others. Read Bob Farrelly’s quote after the jump.
The sequel is still in the very, very early stages at this point, but Bob Farrelly made it clear he’s put some thought into it already:
[Dumb and Dumber] has run a bunch of times on TV in the states, and kids will come up and they’ll be able to quote lines from that – lines that I’ve long forgotten. If we could get those two guys back together, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels that might be a worthwhile sequel – and that ball is in motion. We’re starting to think about what those two dimwits would be doing twenty-years later in life, and hopefully we’ll be able to come up with something worthy of a sequel.
On the one hand, I have no particular desire to see another Dumb and Dumber. The original was great, but given the choice between a Dumb and Dumber follow-up and a fresh new concept, I’d go with the latter. On the other, given Hollywood’s current obsessions with remaking, rebooting, or revisiting everything we loved in the ’80s, ’90s and even ’00s, it seems all but inevitable that someone would at least attempt to make one. If Dumb and Dumber must get a sequel, I’d rather it be done properly, with the original cast and crew.
The Dumb and Dumber follow-up would be the Farrelly Brothers’ first sequel, but not the film’s. In 1995, ABC premiered a cartoon based on the movie, with Bill Fagerbakke and Matt Frewer as Harry and Lloyd, respectively. If you’re wondering why you don’t remember this, it’s probably because the show lasted a measly 13 episodes. And in 2003, Troy Miller directed Dumb and Dumberer, a prequel starring Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson. Neither the Farrelly Brothers nor any of the original stars were involved. It earned a cringe-inducing 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Keep in mind that the Farrelly Brothers’ proposed sequel is barely more than idle chatter at this point, and could very well end up taking a different route, or falling apart entirely. And besides, it’s bound to be a ways off still — they’re currently at work on the Three Stooges movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting this spring.
Discuss: Dumb and Dumber sequel — yea or nay?