Today in “Sequels No One Asked For” news, Universal is apparently keen on a follow-up to 2003’s Bruce Almighty. The original film, starring Jim Carrey, was a box office smash grossing almost $500 million worldwide. The studio unsuccessfully tried to spin off Steve Carell’s minor character from the first film in 2007 with the excruciatingly terrible Evan Almighty, and now Variety reports that the studio is developing a proper sequel as a starring vehicle for Carrey. They’ve already tapped Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (Hot Tub Time Machine, Yes Men) to pen a script (may I suggest Bruce Almightier for a title?). Hit the jump for more.
I actually found Bruce Almighty to be a pretty funny light comedy with a fun premise, but a sequel seems wholly unnecessary. Tom Shadyac, who directed Bruce and Evan Almighty, went into a semi-retirement from the blockbuster filmmaking business after Evan so it’s doubtful that he would return. There’s also no word on whether Morgan Freeman or Jennifer Aniston would be back as God and Carrey’s love interest, respectively (though I’d pay top dollar for a Freeman/Carrey romantic comedy). Paul and Mogel seem suitable choices to pen the script given the spiritualistic nature of Yes Man, and I did find Hot Tub Time Machine to be a whole lot of fun.
Interestingly enough, there are also plans to bring back another one of Carrey’s most successful characters. Peter and Bobby Farrelly are planning on directing a sequel to 1994’s Dumb and Dumber and the plans are to bring Carrey and Jeff Daniels back to reprise their characters. Now that’s a sequel I would see. Carrey and Carell are currently gearing up to start production on Burt Wonderstone, in which they star as rival Las Vegas magicians. Here’s the trailer for 2004’s Bruce Almighty.