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After years in development, earlier this year it finally seemed Dumb and Dumber To was finally going to go ahead, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both agreeing to star. Then last week disaster struck when New Line Cinema dropped the comedy sequel.
However that’s turned out to just be a bump at the end of a very long road, as now Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures have come onboard to back the film.
Directors Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly revealed the news themselves, tweeting, ‘IT”S OFFICIAL: Dumb and Dumber To is going into production with @RedGranitePics and @UniversalPics!!! #DumbTo’
Carrey and Daniels will be back as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, with the stars, filmmakers, and studios working out scheduling to get production started as quickly as possible. There is a bit of extra urgency as Jeff Daniels wants to shoot before he has to go back to work on The Newsroom, while Jim Carrey wants to get it in the can ahead of filming the bank heist comedy Loomis Fargo with Owen Wilson.
Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly are directing from a script by Sean Anders and John Morris, which the directors rewrote themselves. The story revolves around Lloyd and Harry trying to find one of their illegitimate children, so they can donate one of their kidneys to save the child’s life. It’ll shoot on a $35 million budget.
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Last October, is was revealed that Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly were planning Dumb and Dumber 2 (apparently going under the working title Dumb and Dumber To), which at the time had both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels set to return as Lloyd and Harry.
However Jim Carrey has left the project, due to New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. showing a, “lack of enthusiasm” for the follow-up, according to ET Online. Here’s what Carrey had to say, through his publicist. “I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer, after all it’s implied in the title.”
The Farrelly brothers have had casting roadblocks in the past involving the funnyman. He was set to star alongside Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro in The Three Stooges before the project fell apart. Of course, it will be a lot harder to re-cast a role like Lloyd Christmas for a sequel, especially for a comedy as popular as Dumb and Dumber. It’s also not clear what a ‘lack of enthusiasm’ means, although suggests perhaps the studio didn’t want to pay what Carrey was asking.
Sex Drive writers Sean Anders and John Morris wrote the screenplay for the Farrelly’s to direct from. It’s not clear yet if this casting departure will mean the end of the sequel or not.