Ben Stiller Tweets About Zoolander 2 Funding Troubles, Too?
As we all know, earlier this week director Adam McKay tweeted about how Paramount had passed on the Anchorman sequel that he had put together with the original cast intact. Well, now there's word from Ben Stiller himself on his Twitter (via The Playlist) that Paramount might've passed on the Zoolander sequel as well which, as of February, was being both written and directed by Justin Theroux. It's not as solid of a confirmation as Anchorman, but Stiller says: "Ron Burgundy [of Anchorman] and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks."
To me that sounds like a veiled way of saying "we didn't get funding approval either." The news from back in February was a story from Deadline only mentioning that Paramount had hired Theroux, but that obviously didn't mean it was greenlit yet. So it sounds like the very wacky storyline that Theroux and Stiller probably came up with was a little too expensive for Paramount, who seems to be going in a new direction with their movies recently (if I might say). Obviously this isn't confirmed, but it looks like there is some bad news on the horizon for any fans of Zoolander who were excited to see a sequel actually in development. Stay tuned!