Paramount Seems to Have Finally Greenlit a 'Zoolander' Sequel?
Seemingly stuck in the same boat as the much desired, but dead in the water Anchorman sequel, a follow-up to Ben Stiller's fashion bashing comedy Zoolander was reported to be having problems getting a greenlight from Paramount Pictures. Though Justin Theroux (writer of Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder) was set to write and direct the sequel, apparently budget issues were holding it back. However, it seems like those issues may have been resolved for the really, really, ridiculously good-looking male model as Risky Biz reports a Viacom earnings call included Zoolander 2 on their future slate for the Paramount Pictures arm of the corporation.
The inclusion in a projected future production slate after September 2011 would seem to suggest that the anticipated sequel to the 2001 comedy has been given the official greenlight. If the corporate giant is including the film in its future, then that's good enough for me, but I'm hoping that this isn't just a way to make their earnings presentation a little more enticing since they also mentioned their most lucrative properties including the sequels to Star Trek and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra in the same breath.
For now, I'd say this is some pretty solid confirmation on progress for a Zoolander sequel, but I doubt it's a guarantee that the project will happen immediately. Stiller has already mentioned brief details (including the return of Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson) about the sequel's content, and a script is likely close to being done if not already completed, so it probably wouldn't take much to finally get it off the ground. Stay tuned as more information becomes available. Excited that a Zoolander sequel may be coming sooner than later?