If anyone is dying for the Zoolander sequel, they can see their beloved character Derek again soon, though on a slightly smaller screen. According to Ben Stiller (via an interview with the NY Times), Paramount Digital Entertainment and Red Hour Films (owned by Stiller) have made a deal to create a series of animated shorts about the supermodel Derek Zoolander.
Stiller will return to voice the character of Zoolander, and is hoping to draw in Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell to reprise their characters as well. As Stiller said, “You don’t want to have the guy who did the Hanna-Barbera cartoons come and do the voices. No offense to the Hanna-Barbera cartoons – I’m a huge Scooby-Doo fan.”
The deal also includes a series in which Stiller will star, called Billy Glimmer: Entertainer of the Century. For more information on both projects and Zoolander 2, continue reading after the jump.
Billy Glimmer is the story of a voice-impersonator who lives and works out of Las Vegas. This is not a surprising surprising, seeing Stiller’s love of strange characters ranging in movies from Mystery Men to Heavy Weights. Billy Glimmer’s pilot is already in the works, with Rob Heubel cast and Jason Woliner directing. Both have worked on MTV’s Human Giant, and Heubel will also be appearing in Stiller’s upcoming feature, Little Fockers.
Ben Stiller has expressed his excitement in venturing out into online storytelling. He said, “It’s just a way to say, ‘Hey, let’s go do a couple of little five-minute episodes,’ as opposed to saying ‘Hey, let’s pitch it to the studio and then let’s have a little flight over the budget for six months.” This is a legitimate concern, since Zoolander 2 was shot down by Paramount due to monetary issues. Yet, be not dismayed. Paramount still has interest in the films, and director/writer Justin Theroux recently told MTV he is still working on the script. So, until we hear more, lovers of fashion and spiky black hair can enjoy more Zoolander in animated form.