Last fall we got word that Dumb & Dumber 2 – a film which has been rumored for over a decade – was in fact happening. That news was followed up with further confirmation by the directors of the original, Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Three Stooges), who let it be known earlier this year that stars of the original – Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels – were up to reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry, respectively.
Unfortunately, the latter part of that happy news is no longer true: Jim Carrey has reportedly stepped away from doing the Dumb & Dumber sequel.
ETOnline grabbed the exclusive, stating that, “according to sources,” it was friction between the Carrey and studio Warner Bros./New Line that led to the comedic star’s decision to split. While the usual assumption would be that money was the root of this evil, it was apparently the studio’s ‘lack of enthusiasm’ that ticked Carrey off. The actor went so far as to release the following statement to ETOnline:
“I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it’s implied in the title.”
It’ll undoubtedly be a great shame if this project doesn’t come together. After the disappointing 2003 prequel, When Harry Met Lloyd, fans of the Farrelly’s original were yearning even harder for a true follow-up that reunited the original team.
Of course, on the other side of that coin: it’s easy to understand why the studio would be hesitant to push forward. The franchise hasn’t been relevant for nearly a decade (save cable TV reruns of the original); Carrey is no longer the box office draw he once was, and the Farrellys are a fraction of the box office draw they once were. Put all those pieces together and how does the picture look from an investment standpoint?
But let’s be honest: if Dumb & Dumber To (which is indeed a great title), were to hit theaters, there would absolutely be an audience waiting to receive it. There are many fans (like myself) of ’90s-era Farrelly films who remember Dumb & Dumber fondly. Those aforementioned cable reruns haven’t done that bad in terms of keeping a new generation aware of the franchise, and the combination of Carrey and Daniels is potent enough marketing to convince those unaware that the film would be a funny good time.
That’s all to say: WB/NL may want to give the matter a second look, before an opportunity slips away. Can’t coast on The Hangover series forever.