It’s been a rough and rocky road for the proposed sequel to the Farrelly brothers’ ‘90s classic, Dumb and Dumber. The cleverly-titled Dumb and Dumber To [sic] was bailed on early by Jim Carrey, who stated that Warner Bros. was not behind the project. Then, Carrey said he’d return. Then the Farrelly brothers confirmed the script was on track, Carrey was back, as was Jeff Daniels. But now, just as it seemed the stars were aligning for the project, Warner Bros. has dropped the sequel.
Despite the fact that Dumb and Dumber To was budgeted low (approximately $30 million), the fact that Steve Carrel’s comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (co-starring Jim Carrey) bombed earlier this year has made Warner Bros. nervous. Wonderstone and Dumb and Dumber To have similar price points, and it seems Warner Bros. doesn’t want to lose any more money on Jim Carrey comedies. Thus, they’ve bailed.
While this is a bit surprising—the massive amount of fandom for the first film all but ensures a large, built-in audience for the film—as /Film notes, other issues may have been at play, such as a poor script, or Carrey and/or Daniels may have been pushing for too much profit participation. Either way, Warner Bros. is out.
Meanwhile, early reports state that Red Granite may pick up the film. More on this as it develops.
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