Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009 by Russ Fischer
OK, strictly speaking, I don’t know if a sequel to White Chicks is actually the worst idea of the day, because I’ve never seen White Chicks. And, if things go well, I may never. (Which is a closed-minded attitude I rarely take, but life’s too short, and there are too many other good movies, to see White Chicks.) THR reports that Marlon and Shawn Wayans will return as FBI agents who pose as white women. Keenan Ivory Wayans will direct, and all three Wayanses are writing.
Astoundingly, the first film did over $100m worldwide — $70m domestic and $42 foreign, according to Box Office Mojo. That’s an insane amount of money for a film I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about. THR is cagey about the plot of the new film. The trade uses that fantastic line “the logline for the new entry is being kept under wraps,” but perhaps this will break out as a Gremlins 2 sort of sequel. Weirder things have happened, and the old energy that powered In Living Color could still be dormant somewhere. (How I hate seeing the people responsible for that anarchic show going down the road of terrible comedy.)
The original film followed two disguise-happy FBI siblings who start off tracking drug dealers who package their product in ice cream boxes. They blow that case and are given one last chance to redeem themselves with the FBI by protecting a pair of Hilton-like heiresses from a kidnapping plot. When the girls are in a car accident, the agents disguise themselves as their charges and live brief lives as two wealthy white girls. Just researching and writing out that synopsis almost makes me want to see the film, because the role-reversal comedy opportunities of living out the lives of two wealthy white women are pretty obvious. Oh, who am I kidding? There are still Bunuel movies I haven’t seen, and I’ll let him tackle class comedy for me.