As you no doubt have heard by now two beloved comedies are being made into sequels. Anchorman 2 and Dumb and Dumber 2 have both been green-lit and should be gracing the silver screen in a few years.
When I first saw Ron Burgundy on Conan last week I was elated. Anchorman is my generation’s best comedy. I was thrilled to see that it was coming back. Then a few days later, I read that Dumb and Dumber was coming back and that both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels had signed on. Again I had the same feeling. I thought whatever summer both of these movies comes out is going to be a fantastic time for movies.
That won’t be the case.
That awesome feeling I had is gone. After having some time to think about it I realized that both of these movies will probably make a ton of money in the box office but won’t measure up to the originals. How could they? Anchorman and Dumb and Dumber are two of the most quoted movies ever! There’s no way a sequel will hold up. We’re talking about two movies that were instant classics.
It would be one thing to make a sequel of Pineapple Express or Starsky and Hutch, two movies that were both funny but not significant. Nobody is going to care too much if you ruin those movies with a sub-par sequel. So help me God, if these movies tarnish the originals, I’ll go to Paramount and New Line Cinema myself and piss on the gate.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m planning on seeing both of these movies on opening weekend. There are going to be moments when I’m rolling on the floor laughing too I’m sure. But when it’s over and everyone is filing out, you bet your ass nearly everyone will look over to his or her friend and say, “The first one was funnier”.
This is just another way for Hollywood to remain safe. Who isn’t going to see these two flicks? Nobody. I guarantee you that on its opening weekend; Achorman 2 will set a domestic record for a comedy in and opening weekend. It’s a lock. Who isn’t going to throw money at making that movie? There are going to be cameos and call backs and you better believe that there will be a third one made eventually too because if people will go see the first two they will damn sure go see a third (not the case with Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels won’t be coming back. We’re more likely to see a third Ace Ventura than D&D).
Like I said I can’t wait to see these two movies, but deep down I know they’re just going to fuck it up.