As you may recall, we reported back in June that Dumb and Dumber To (yes, that’s how you spell the title) was no longer happening as Jim Carrey was backing out. Reportedly Carrey felt that the studios behind the film, New Line and parent company Warner Bros., had shown “a lack of enthusiasm” for the project, and bailed. Now, according to Jeff Daniels, the project may still happen… with Jim Carrey.
Some context: the typically sequel-averse Carrey had announced that he was considering returning to a few of his most popular roles, stating “We’re talking about maybe returning to some old characters that everyone has been asking about…There’s Bruce Almighty and we’re talking about maybe another Dumb and Dumber.”’
However, as noted above, Carrey began to sense the studios were not behind Dumb and Dumber To, and backed out. “I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it’s implied in the title.”
Now, however, Carrey’s Dumb and Dumber costar Jeff Daniels has spoken out about why Carrey bailed on the project, and why he thinks Carrey will return:
“Jim wants to do it. I want to do it. The Farrellys want to do it. They want to rewrite the script a little bit and they aren’t trying to jam it in before I have to go back and do ‘Newsroom’ in November. So they’re going, ‘Why don’t we just do it right? Let’s get everybody organized to go next May or June.’ If everything works out on the business side, that’s what we’ll do but I think there’s more hope than ever.”
Daniels went on to say Carrey became alienated by the back and forth process of development for the sequel:
“…This has been a year and a half of a whole bunch of are we, aren’t we, what’s going on, yeah the script’s funny, no it’s not, now we have to have notes. So I think Jim just got frustrated and I completely got it. I was frustrated too. We thought it was in pretty good shape. The studio and others wanted some more work done it. The Farrellys wanted more work done on it so they got working on it and I think last week they decided to push the shooting of it to next year, possibly because I wasn’t going to move ‘The Newsroom.’”
So there you have it—the studios are waiting until both Daniels is available, and the script is some kind of decent. It’s not exactly as if we need a Dumb and Dumber sequel, but at least the people involved are trying to input a modicum of effort in making the film a good one.
Does the world really need a Dumb and Dumber sequel?
Source: Coming Soon