Ben Stiller Tweets About Zoolander 2 Funding Troubles, Too?
by Alex Billington
May 2, 2010
As we all know, earlier this week director Adam McKay tweeted about how Paramount had passed on the Anchorman sequel that he had put together with the original cast intact. Well, now there's word from Ben Stiller himself on his Twitter (via The Playlist) that Paramount might've passed on the Zoolander sequel as well which, as of February, was being both written and directed by Justin Theroux. It's not as solid of a confirmation as Anchorman, but Stiller says: "Ron Burgundy [of Anchorman] and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks."
To me that sounds like a veiled way of saying "we didn't get funding approval either." The news from back in February was a story from Deadline only mentioning that Paramount had hired Theroux, but that obviously didn't mean it was greenlit yet. So it sounds like the very wacky storyline that Theroux and Stiller probably came up with was a little too expensive for Paramount, who seems to be going in a new direction with their movies recently (if I might say). Obviously this isn't confirmed, but it looks like there is some bad news on the horizon for any fans of Zoolander who were excited to see a sequel actually in development. Stay tuned!
for fuck sake, why cant all the current paramount exec's just fall over and vomit out their own lungs
El on May 2, 2010
tra la la la la di da on May 2, 2010
As much as sequels are often horrible, these two movies NEED SEQUELS and have come in on seemingly GOOD TIMING. I know everyone keeps referring back to the magic 8 ball movie but seriously how ignorant is Paramount? Even if we go back to look in their point of view (even if they both turn out to be horrible), they're both sure to pull in some serious cash with a decent marketing campaign. The day Paramount goes under, I hope no one will show once ounce of remorse for this naive studio.
Caitie on May 2, 2010
Yeah, cause Transformers 3 is going to be better. Kids, if you don't like movies but cash, become a producer!
reeft on May 2, 2010
Seems like Ben should've had this sequel a few years ago. Could they try another studio for the backing?
People's Champ on May 2, 2010
Paramount is fucking stupid.
Colt on May 2, 2010
When the Power Ball Lottery gets up to $200 mil range every so often, I day dream about what I'd do with the money. Funding Zoolander and Burgundy sequels have now moved above the Yacht.
PowerBall Fantasy on May 2, 2010
WHAT THE FUCK PARAMOUNT!?! jeez man...
Toucmyinfection on May 2, 2010
I'm not surprised. Stiller hasn't made a funny movie in years, aside from Tropic Thunder, which was funny in spite of him rather than because of him.
Craig on May 3, 2010
Of course this may just be Stiller being clever and pre-empting issues over funding. So by throwing the possibility out there and drumming up more support from those who want a sequel makes his case stronger when it comes to the big decision to spend the money on it.
Andy on May 3, 2010
@Craig You are aware that Stiller directed Tropic Thunder, right? That movie was brilliant and he was a big part of that. I'm guessing that Zoolander, just like Anchorman, is owned by Paramount which means that even if they are rejected, they cannot go anywhere else. It's crazy, a stupid amount of films garner sequels which are not needed, while two which are fan favourites would be further boosted by a sequel, are not... goddammit.
Marcus on May 3, 2010
Hollywood... step into my gawddamn office cause you're fucking fired.
bozo on May 3, 2010
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here!!!
Dandooo on May 3, 2010
Fuck Paramount!!! I mean really?? Passing on both Anchorman and Zoolander sequels is one of the worst movie-wise decisions ever!
Peace Love & GaGa on May 3, 2010
We have what, fifteen Final Destination movies and we can't get a second dose of Zoolander. Derelick my balls, Paramount!
R.L. Stein on May 3, 2010
THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! #9, I cannot remember any this little hack has done. His parents have the funny genes, but did not pass them to him.
Clover on May 4, 2010
PLEASE let this project DIE!!!!!!! it should be a crime to make sh*t like this....
blasphemer on May 4, 2010
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