Universal Picks Up ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

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Fans of the Farrelly brothers comedy Dumb and Dumber have been awaiting a proper sequel for years (we don’t really count the prequel, which the Farrellys weren’t involved in), but it has only been within the last year that things on the project finally appeared like they were coming together. The film had a script – re-written by the Farrellys themselves – a new title and a studio, in Warner Bros., backing the entire project.

However, when WB suddenly dropped the film last week, it marked yet another setback in the plagued project’s history. With no studio and no financier, it certainly looked like fans may never see their dream of a Dumb and Dumber sequel come to fruition. However, those fans can now look up, because the film has found a new distributor and financial backing after a deal was made this week.

Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures has picked up Dumb and Dumber To for domestic distribution and that production company Red Granite will finance the film with a budget of $35 million, while also selling to foreign territories. The deal confirms that Peter and Bobby Farrelly will return to direct and that Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey will reprise their iconic roles as affable nitwits Harry and Lloyd.

 Universal Picks Up Dumb and Dumber To

Though this news doesn’t guarantee there won’t be other production snags along the way, it’s certainly the most encouraging update we’ve heard on the potential sequel thus far – especially considering that Carrey is committed, as his return was uncertain for quite some time.

What’s even more encouraging is that Universal plans to fast track the film into production to ensure Carrey and Daniels will be available. Carrey’s upcoming schedule includes the heist comedy Loomis Fargo and Daniels is set to return to work on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom, so Universal and Red Granite will want to get things moving quickly, or else the project might encounter more delays.

Now that it appears fans will finally get a sequel, the obvious question is: What will they really be getting? The Farrelly brothers’ track record since There’s Something About Mary (1998) has been less than stellar with films like Stuck on You (2003), The Heartbreak Kid (2007) and The Three Stooges (2012), but with Carrey and Daniels on board, maybe they will rediscover the magic that made the original so special in the hearts of Dumb and Dumber lovers.

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Of course, they’ll also need a story that puts Carrey and Daniels’ chemistry and comedic sensibilities to good use. Though we don’t know much about the plot yet, we’ve heard that it will put Harry and Lloyd on another road trip and may involve one of the characters discovering that he is a father.

One thing the Farrellys have said all along about the sequel is that the characters haven’t grown, which would be terrible news for audiences of most film series, but since we love Harry and Lloyd most for their naivety and blind ignorance, the fact that they haven’t learned anything in 20 years may suit them – and the film – perfectly.


With Dumb and Dumber 2 said to be heading into production soon, we should have more news to pass along shortly.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Yes!!!

    • +1

      It’s been 18 years since Jim Carrey did his only sequel, which many people loved including myself but was enough to sort of scare Jim from doing another sequel ever again.

      I’m not the biggest Dumb and Dumber fan, but I do still like it as a major Jim Carrey fan. I was hoping for something like “The Return of the Mask” or even an “Ace Ventura 3″, but this will do :)

      • This sequel would be at the top of my list, but then, Carrey should complete the Pet Detective trilogy!

        • + a trillion x a trillion.

          That “Jr” Dectective film made a mockery of the originals, and was basically a slap in the face to the Pet Detective series. I won’t go into detail, you know the deal.

          I’m hoping for the best in this sequel. After 18 years, they better have come up with the only sequel (well one of the few sequels in history) to actually be a good sequel.

          I love Dumb and Dumber, and if this sequel disappoints, then Peter and his brother HAVE gotten stale, and should decide an early retirement.

          BUT, lets us not forget that, and this may be a rumor, but… the original script writers of Dumb and Dumber are penning the script for this one.

          Let’s hope and pray that 18 years didn’t make them stale.
          I’m hopeful that the film will be funny, but as you know, it may not live up to the original.

          BUT….. If you think about it (well this is jus a personal opinion) The second Venture film was/is just as funny as the first. If they can keep that momentum in this sequel, then it will good off without a hitch.

          BRING IT ON!

  2. Hall Pass by the Farrelly Brothers was pretty good.

    • I enjoyed Stuck on You as well. I won’t deny the Farrely brothers haven’t lost their touch like they had in the late 90′s, but they aren’t M. Night Shyamalan either.

    • Touche!

  3. We got no food! We have no job! Our pet HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!!

  4. It will be a happy day when I hear that this movie is actually being made, with the actors filming on set. There have been too many setbacks so far. This is one of my most anticipated sequels. Can’t wait!

    Hey…want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?

  5. YAAAYYY !!!

  6. A title that will go over the head of about 90% of internet users…but lauded by online grammar Nazi.

  7. Can’t wait to see Carrey and Daniels together again. The real Lloyd and Harry.

  8. I just hope this sequel can overcome the atrocity that was Dumb and Dumberer. I actually enjoyed Stuck on You though

    • It will, as neither the Farrelly brothers, nor Carrey or Daniels, had anything to do with that prequel. Although the Farrelly brothers are maybe a little less funny than they used to be, Carrey and Daniels will no doubt improvise a lot, adding to the humor.

      Can’t wait!

  9. So your sayin’ there’s a chance?!

    • Pretty bird, can you say pretty bird, pretty bird…


  11. Crazy that some suit would try and guesstimate the appeal of a Dumb and Dumber sequel on the grosses from Burt Wonderstone. Wonderstone was pure crap storywise, but Jim Carrey was great (The sleeping on coals scene, drilling a hole in his head, LMFAO).

    Very happy to hear this is moving forward :D