Justin Theroux Writing & Directing Paramount's Zoolander 2
Yep, it's coming. After hearing rumors about it for years, it's actually happening. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Paramount has hired Justin Theroux (who wrote Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 and has only directed Dedication) to write and direct Zoolander 2, the sequel to Ben Stiller's male fashion model comedy from 2001. Apparently Theroux is even going to Fashion Week in Paris to "immerse himself on what is current in fashion." I guess Paramount heard all the cries for this sequel because they finally admit that "it's got momentum." They just now realized that? I know people have been hoping to see this since 2001!
Deadline doesn't say much else about the sequels besides that Ben Stiller is back and "everyone's hoping Owen Wilson co-stars again but no deal is set." They also sneak in a little tidbit that says Jonah Hill is in negations to play the villain. What the hell? Apparently the studio still is unsure of the success of the first one (even though it's a huge cult favorite), so they're trying to keep the budget below $50 million which is causing a bit of a ruckus. But, of course, everyone does want to come back and "bring Derek and Hanzel to life again." Last May, Stiller hinted about some plot elements, but who knows how much of that is still in.
I know this may be fantastic news for some of you, but I'm not a big fan of Zoolander. However, I respect its cult status (or maybe it's more of a guilty pleasure?) and I'm sure a lot of people will be excited by all of this. Deadline also adds that it'll be PG-13 again but that's everything. So who is excited for this late sequel?