Okay Dumb and Dumber Fans, the time has come! It has been officially released that the sequel to the Farrelly Brother’s, 1994 movie, ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ has been picked up by Universal. Cleverly named, ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ it has been announced that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, the original stars of the first movie, are indeed signed on for the project. With Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly set to direct this one as well, it has a huge potential to leave audiences wildly entertained.
We caught up with the always funny director, Bobby Farrelly (pictured left above), with an exclusive interview and some fun insight to the happenings of the project. We took fan’s most asked questioned about the highly anticipated sequel and received some funny and exciting answers in return.
YMM: Can you talk about the deal with Warner Bros and why you guys switched studios?
BF: We made the first movie with New Line, but a few years back that studio got sold to Warner Brothers. Apparently our friends at Warners “are a little slow”, as they don’t see the funny in Dumb & Dumber. Fortunately they are allowing us to take project over to Universal Studios. Hey, the first movie wasn’t easy to get made and this one wasn’t easy either.
YMM: Are Jim and Jeff both signed on for the project?
BF: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are definitely both in the movie. We wouldn’t even consider filming it without them. The new story picks up some 20 years after the original. Don’t worry, they are the same Harry and Lloyd. There’s been no growth, they’re as dumb as ever.
YMM: Can you give us a hint about the story line? Will we see any other returning characters?
BF: The new movie once again involves a road trip, so as writers we played around with the idea of bumping back into some familiar characters from the original. What we don’t want to do though is simply re-tell the same story, the way that a lot of sequels seem to do. That said, you can look for a reprise of Billy in 4-C (the blind kid who bought Petey the parakeet from Lloyd), probably SeaBass, and we will meet Fraida Felcher (the chick from Cranston who we mentioned but never saw in the original).
YMM: Can you give us a tease of how their new adventure begins?
BF: Without giving away too much of the plot (mainly because there really isn’t too much of a plot), the basic story line of the new movie is that Harry has developed some health issues and is in need of a new kidney. Lloyd’s is not a good match, but fortunately Harry finds out that he fathered a child some 20 years ago. He decides to track the kid down to see if he/she will donate one of their kidneys.
YMM: Will we see flashbacks of their life since so much time has passed?
BF: The new script will explain exactly what Harry and Lloyd have been doing with themselves for the past 20 years. Some of it will be told in flashback.
YMM: A lot of people still talk about the prequel to Dumb and Dumber, Dumb and Dumberer, which we understand was not made by you guys. Are you allowed to address your thoughts on this?
BF: Prequel? What are you talking about??! I never heard about any prequel.
YMM: Do you know when the movie will start filming and of when it could be released?
BF: We will begin filming later this summer or right after Labor Day, down in Atlanta. Our goal is to have the movie ready for a Summer 2014 release. With any luck, the bigwigs at Cannes will see it and insist that the movie opens their film festival next spring. We really can’t count on that though…….because, as we know, the French are assholes.
YMM: Last question: What are the chances that Harry and Lloyd have a successful worm farm? One out of a hundred? More like one out of a million?
BF: Worms make much better pets than ants. They’re not as moody. They don’t try to make off with your popcorn. Their heads will grow back if they accidentally get chopped off. They don’t ruin picnics. I could go on and on……
Thank you so much, Bobby, for sitting down with Your Movie Madness and answering some reader questions. Readers, tell us your thoughts! Are you excited to see the sequel to the cult classic, Dumb and Dumber? What are some of your favorite lines and scenes from the original? We love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below!