Back in October of last year, things were looking pretty good for a true sequel to Dumb and Dumber (let’s forget When Harry Met Lloyd ever existed). The Farrelly Brothers, who directed the first film, were on board for a second effort, and stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were happy with a script written by Sex Drive director Sean Anders and his writing partner, John Morris. But somewhere along the line, things went south, and Carrey told Entertainment Tonight why he left the project.
He claimed he was much more interested in getting the movie made than New Line and Warner Bros. were, telling the outlet:
I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it’s implied in the title.
Implied in the title, indeed. (He’s referring to the misspelling of “two”, in case you didn’t get the joke.) I’ve gotta say, with a ton of old franchises finding new life these days, I’m honestly a bit surprised the studio wasn’t more excited about this. They could have made this movie with a small(ish) budget, given most of the cash to the stars for reprising their roles, and had every single person who was a fan of the original – read: a lot of people – come out to see the sequel.
I’m with Carrey on this one: somebody dropped the ball by not pursuing this properly, and now they’ve lost the opportunity. Maybe WB would allow Carrey, Daniels, and the rest of the creative team to shop the project around to another studio if they were compensated for the rights? At this point, the future of the franchise is uncertain, but we’ll keep you posted if anything changes.