'Zoolander 2' May Still Walk the Runway with Ben Stiller at the Helm
by Ethan Anderton
August 11, 2014
Back in 2010, there was a glimmer of hope that Zoolander 2 could still be made. At the time, Anchorman 2 was struggling to be made due to the desire for lower budgets from Paramount Pictures, but fans ended up getting their sequel last year. But <em>Zoolander 2 wasn't so lucky to get off the ground. That may have been because Ben Stiller was busy with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but now it seems like the project might be gaining steam again. Vulture spoke with Justin Theroux, co-write of Tropic Thunder, who was named as writer and director of Zoolander 2 back in 2010, and he had some promising news on the film.
When asked about the progress of Zoolander 2, Theroux said:
"We’ve got a script for the sequel, and we’ve just been in talks again. We’re trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running."
But when asked if he would still direct, he said, "I don’t think I’m going to do it anymore. It really depends on whether ["The Leftovers"] gets picked up. If it gets picked up, then I don’t think I’ll have the time to do it. So it’ll probably get handed to Ben, which would be awesome.” When he says "picked up," he means gets an order for a second season, since HBO was already committed to an entire first season. While Theroux likely would have been find behind the camera, having already directed his own film Dedication with Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore, this is probably a project best suited for Stiller to direct himself again.
When the budget concerns were voiced back in 2010, the studio wanted the sequel to cost around $40 million, and we can't imagine they're much more confident in giving the film more money since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues still only pulled in $127 million in the United States. So here's hoping Stiller and Theroux have crafted something the studio can believe in and won't end up being a risk. The sequel has been said to take place 10 years after the first film, but that might change slightly since four more years have passed since then. Here's hoping the sequel still ends up getting made. Agreed?