Jim Carrey Backs Out of Farrelly Brothers' 'Dumb & Dumber' Sequel
Last fall, Bobby and Peter Farrelly seemed pretty confident that their sequel to Dumb & Dumber would finally be getting off the ground about 18 years after the original comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Even better, the leading duo was being lined up to return for the sequel, and this year there were rumblings that the film would go in front of cameras this fall with a script from Sex Drive writers Sean Anders and John Morris. However, ET has learned that the project has hit a snag as Jim Carrey has actually backed out of the project, apparently because New Line and Warner Bros. aren't very enthusiastic about it.
Well, they at least weren't as excited as Carrey was to get it made. The actor's publicist confirms the story and Carrey himself reached out to say, "I would have thought Dumb & Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title." And no, that's not a typo. It's a joke. Get it? Honestly, I can't say I'm surprised the studio wasn't as excited, maybe even a bit apprehensive, to return to Dumb & Dumber. Carrey hasn't exactly delivered the best comedy lately, and while it would have been exciting to see him go back to his glory days as Lloyd Christmas, there's a lot of risk riding on this one.
However, with Anchorman: The Legend Continues getting a greenlight, I wouldn't deem the possibility of seeing Dumb & Dumber To to be out of reach. After all, if New Line and Warner Bros. see that The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Carrey and Steve Carell lands with a splash, I'm betting they'll be a little more enthusiastic. So bad news for fans of the old Jim Carrey, good news for those who don't care about the Farrelly Brothers anymore. At least Carrey still has that Bruce Almighty sequel in the works that could turn out all right. Anyone disappointed?