Earlier this year, it looked like Ben Stiller‘s long-in-development sequel to Zoolander might actually be happening. It was reported that Ben Stiller was close to finishing the script with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux. Paramount Pictures wanted to keep the budget low (under $50 million) as the first film was not a box office hit, and the plan was for Theroux to direct, and Jonah Hill is apparently in early talks to play the sequel’s villain.
After learning via tweet that Anchorman 2 would not be happening, Ben Stiller tweeted: “Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks.” Apparently Paramount wants to make the sequel, but only if it can cost $40m or less, a significant drop from what it might cost given the various quotes for the participating actors. We havent heard much about the development since, until today.
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UPDATE: More details have come to light, and they follow after the break.
Last week we heard via tweet that Anchorman 2 wouldn’t be happening, at least for the time being, as Paramount had passed on the film. The issue seemed to be budget. Then came a tweet from Ben Stiller, which seems to cast similar doubt on the potential for Zoolander 2: “Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks.”
Last we’d heard, Stiller was working on the sequel with Justin Theroux, with the latter set to direct and Jonah Hill in talks to play the villain. Paramount wanted a budget under $50m, and Stiller’s brief statement seems to indicate that either the script remains too expensive, or that Paramount is less interested than before in spending money on the film. Read More »
It looks like Ben Stiller‘s long-in-development sequel to Zoolander might actually be happening. Finke has learned that Ben Stiller has been working on a script with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux. Paramount Pictures wants to keep the budget low (under $50 million) as the first film was not a box office hit. The current plan is for Theroux to direct, and Jonah Hill is apparently in early talks to play the sequel’s villain. Theroux will be at Fashion Week in Paris to “immerse himself on what is current in fashion”.
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Ben Stiller talked to Screenrush about the long-in-development sequel to Zoolander. While it doesn’t sound like it will be happening anytime soon (Stiller says he’s been “working on a script over the years and HOPEFULLY it will happen”) we at least have some details of what the sequel might involve.
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I thought that the chance for a Zoolander sequel died when the film failed to gross $46 million domestically. Sure, there is more to the story, the film was released just weeks after 9/11/2001. But that still doesn’t excuse the film’s low bottom line — $45 million isn’t a great take for a $30 million-budgeted PG-13 comedy. Well apparently either Ben Stiller is delusional or Paramount thinks that a sequel could perform better in an era where America turns out in droves for films like Four Christmases.
Ben Stiller tells WENN that he is currently looking at scripts and a deal for a sequel is finally close to being made. But the quote from Stiller included in the story doesn’t seem nearly as confident:
“I’ve been trying to get Zoolander 2 together and we’ve had a few scripts. I feel that is the sequel I really would like to do some day because I like the original and I would make sure it was something new and worthy of it first.”
So I’m not so sure that a sequel is “close to being made” as the story states. I remember being excited to see the 2001 film as it teamed Stiller, Will Farrell and Owen Wilson (who I had, at the time, just discovered in Wes Anderson’s debut film Bottle Rocket). But I don’t remember being terribly disappointed with Zoolander when I finally screened it at my local multiplex. And I’ve never felt that the film has gained a cult following on DVD like many the comedies my friends and I often quote. But maybe I’m wrong…
Discuss: So is there really an interest in a Zoolander sequel? Would you pay to see a Zoolander sequel?