Two decades on from Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s owl-killing, wee-freezing, most-annoying-noise-ever-screeching screwball comedy classic Dumb and Dumber (1994), the filmmaking duo have finally committed to shooting a sequel starring original idiots Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Provisionally entitled Dumb and Dumber To, the movie shoots later this year with a release date set for 2014.
“It’s almost 20 years later in the lives of Harry and Lloyd and we just feel like it’s a great time for them to come out and see what’s happening in their lives,” says Bobby.
“We’re going to shoot this because Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels want to do it. For the first time, they are both available and are eager to do it. I have to believe there will be enough interest there that we should be able to get this movie made.
“It hasn’t been the easiest thing to get off the ground though,” continues the There’s Something About Mary co-writer/director. “It’s the same obstacle my brother Pete and I had when we tried to make the first Dumb and Dumber – for the people who make decisions, the people who wear the suits to read such a silly script and say, ‘oh that’s hysterical let’s make it.’
“The first one, they just couldn’t see it on the page. Why would it be funny that these guys are this dumb? I understand that, I do. They are businessmen; they’re not comedians. Has there ever been a sequel 20 years later that’s been a hit?
“Right now we are actively working on the script. We’ve been writing it for the last four months. We get together every day and write it and try to make it better and better. We feel we have a very funny script. We’re optimistic it will get made this fall.”