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So You're Telling Me There's a Chance? 'Dumb and Dumber' Sequel Gets a New Studio

The tale of the sequel to Dumb and Dumber is a long and roadblock-filled one. There's been talk of a sequel for years, but so far the closest thing we've gotten is that awful 2003 prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. I don't think any fan of the the 1994 original movie counts that prequel as a real installment in the story of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. Over the past few years, progress on a sequel has picked up, but minor things like Jim Carrey bailing for a bit and Warner Bros. dropping the movie just last week have held the movie up.

After losing Warner Bros. as its studio, Deadline is reporting that Dumb and Dumber To (which is what they're calling the sequel) has been picked up by Red Granite and Universal Pictures, putting the long-awaited sequel on pace for a 2014 release, a brief two decades after Dumb and Dumber first hit theaters.
All this is going down as we speak, and now the scheduling will begin for a movie that will find its way into production very quickly, with Conundrum’s Bradley Thomas and The Farrellys producing with Charlie Wessler. The film will be PG-13 like the original, and once again it puts Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) back on a road trip. The urgency has to do with scheduling: Daniels needs to do it soon before returning for his Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom. Carrey also has that bank heist comedy at Relativity with Jared Hess directing and Owen Wilson co-starring.
Look, I love Dumb and Dumber. It's one of the great comedies of the 1990s. That said, it's not the 1990s anymore, and the brand of humor that Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly made famous with movies like Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary just doesn't fly anymore. The Judd Apatow crowd changed the comedy landscape. I would hate to see the legacy of Dumb and Dumber tarnished by an official sequel that can't let go of an era of comedy that has passed it by. That would be the most annoying sound in the world.
So You're Telling Me There's a Chance? 'Dumb and Dumber' Sequel Gets a New Studio Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 6/19/2013 Rating: 5

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