Ben Stiller Confirms Zoolander 2, Will Be Set '10 Years Later'
Just last week we heard that writer Justin Theroux would be the man behind the long awaited Zoolander sequel. Now we have confirmation from the really, really, ridiculously good-looking male model himself as Ben Stiller talked to MTV and confirmed the sequel is on the way. "We are in the process of getting a script written. It's in the early stages, but it's gonna happen." Even better, Stiller went ahead and revealed some extra tidbits regarding exactly where we'll find Zoolander and his nemesis turned friend Hansel (yes - Owen Wilson will be back) in the sequel. They may even bringing back Will Ferrell as Mugatu in some capacity.
Stiller says the sequel will "have input from all the Zoolander people. It's just taken awhile." However, the script is apparently an amalgamation of a few different versions that have been written over the years and include a new story angle that they'll be working in as well. Sounds pretty intense. Stiller explains:
"There have been earlier scripts that ['Zoolander' writer John] Hamburg's had input on, and Nick Stoller (Get Him to the Greek) and people… we're just going to take the best of what we have. We have a new story idea that we feel excited about and we're going to try to go forward. The beginning of the movie is [set] 10 years later, and Derek & Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody even knows who they are, so they have to re-invent themselves.
And with Theroux previously talking about immersing himself in fashion week just to make sure the film is as tuned into the current fashion world as possible, Stiller knows this won't be the same Zoolander all over again. "Well I think it has to be [a Zoolander for a new generation]. The fashion world, you know, you go away for a year and its changed. It just happens so quickly." So why has it taken so long for this sequel to get off the ground? Sadly, Zoolander's actual creator Drake Sather (who made short films of this for the VH1 Fashion Awards) died in an apparent suicide in 2004 and that's been a big obstacle for Stiller to overcome.
But now that time has passed, it sounds like this could be a fitting memorial for the man who created one of Stiller's best on-screen characters. So with a story that is heavy on both Hansel and Zoolander, what about the outrageous Will Ferrell fueled villain Mugatu? "If Will says yes, he definitely has to be a part of it. To me, Mugatu is one of the classic screen villains of all time." I don't know if I'd go that far, but damn it, if he wasn't one of the best parts of the movie. I know I'll be looking forward to this long awaited sequel. You?