Jim Carrey has a history of avoiding sequels, which is why follow-ups to The Mask, Dumb and Dumber and Bruce Almighty have moved forward without him (although Carrey did return for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994).
It’s fair to say Jim Carrey has had a hard time finding the right movie over recent years. Mr. Popper’s Penguins may have been a financial success worldwide ($187m) but it’s a far cry from the $500 million made by Bruce Almighty in 2003, so it’s not really surprising to hear Carrey may be returning for an Almighty sequel.
According to Variety, Universal has hired Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (Hot Tub Time Machine, Yes Men) to write the script for Bruce Almighty 2, which is being developed with Jim Carrey in mind. The original, which also starred Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell, followed a guy who complains about God too often and is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.
Carrey wasn’t interested in playing Bruce Nolan for a second time so Universal made Evan Almighty in 2007 with Carell’s character, but it ended up costing twice as much as Bruce Almighty and only made $175 million worldwide. Tom Shadyac directed both movies but he hasn’t directed a studio movie since Evan, so no word on whether he’ll be returning.
This isn’t the first sequel to an old hit Carrey is considering. Last October we heard Peter and Bobby Farrelly were moving ahead with a sequel to Dumb and Dumber which would require the involvement of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Nothing much has been heard since.
Are you looking forward to the potential of a Bruce Almighty 2?