Warner Bros Calls Quitsies on 'Dumb & Dumber To' But It's Not Dead
Just last August, news surfaced that Jim Carrey had been looking to drop out of the gestating sequel Dumb & Dumber To, the follow-up to the classic 90s comedy from Bobby and Peter Farrelly, because of a lack of studio interest. However, co-star Jeff Daniels was hopeful the project could still come together this summer. Well, we're here, and New Line Cinema and their parent company Warner Bros. have decided to pass on the project. But before anyone groans in extreme disappointment, the studio is allow the project to find a home at another studio. So we might still get to catch up with Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne.
THR reports Warner Bros. only sees a "limited upside" if they made the film, despite the fact that the comedy would only cost about $30 million to make. That's not bad when you consider the first film cost $17 million and went on to make over $247 million. But that was when Jim Carrey was coming into his A-list status, and he's not really at the top of the box office anymore. Though Carrey wasn't exactly the lead in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, the comedy did not perform well at the box office. The studio has an ample worry about Carrey's box office performance, but this isn't just another comedy.
A sequel to Dumb & Dumber would certainly turn some heads. Look at how Paramount Pictures balked at an Anchorman sequel, and now it's one of the most anticipated comedies of the year. Dumb & Dumber has been playing on cable for years, and it's one of the quintessential comedies of the 90s. This is the kind of reunion that plenty of people would turn out to see, and if another studio ends up picking up this film, Warner Bros. might end up kicking themselves. My only reservation is that Bobby and Peter Farelly haven't been relevant for years, so the sequel would have a hard time living up to the original. Thoughts?