It’s been a relatively eventful 24 hours for Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to 1994’s classic smart dumb movie (or is a dumb smart movie?), Dumb and Dumber. After reports that Warner Bros. had dropped the film, news broke yesterday that the film had found another studio to produce, and now, we also have plot and character details for the film.
First off, the studio issue: According to a recent podcast with the Farrelly brothers, the film was not “dropped” by Warner Bros.; rather, it’s simply been a complicated issue of who owns the rights to the film, and who should produce it:
“There’s been a lot of press about how Warner Bros doesn’t want to make it, and it has nothing to do with that. In fact, it was originally released by New Line, and New Line now is owned by Warner Bros — so it never really was a Warner Bros thing. And we want …. long story short, we’re going to another studio and there have been negotiations and thats whats held this thing up, we’ve been negotiating with two different studios, Warner Bros and New Line, about how to get it out of there.”
Further, the Farrelly brothers delved into the plot of the film, and how it exceeds and enhances the first film:
“I sent you the script. I was hoping you’d read it so I wouldn’t have to sit here and tell you how good it is. But I’m telling you it’s a little masterpiece. It’s so good, I think it makes the first one better.” .. “We took two years to work on this script. We didn’t want to do it unless it was as good as the first one. We just didn’t want to tarnish the first one, and you know, we didn’t do Dumb and Dumberer — that was done by — which is one reason they [WB?] didn’t want to do this because they did that and it didn’t work.”
And while the next part is a little vague, some rough plot description even comes up, with reference to Harry’s need to avenge personal wrongs and slights:
“We start in Rhode Island and we pick up today and explain what they’ve been doing the last 18 years. And there is something that happens and we get off to the races quickly.” … ”When you see Dumb and Dumber To, Dumb and Dumber 1 is better because you learn things in Dumb and Dumber To that you knew in Dumb and Dumber 1 but hadn’t put together. For instance, not giving away too much, Harry always gets revenge. ” … “And when you see the second one, it has a thing that you won’t see coming , and at the end of it, you’ll be like “oh my god, I just fell for the exact same thing.”
What do you think of the Dumb and Dumber To news?