Friday, June 21, 2013

Rescued from a dumb oblivion: Universal to take on 'Dumb and Dumber To'

Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema may not have thought enough about "Dumb and Dumber To," but Universal apparently did. Time will tell if Warner made a bonehead -- yes, some might call it, dumb -- move, but for now, as announced on Friday, Universal has picked up the rights to the Farrelly brothers' highly anticipated comedy.

Reportedly, Warner Bros. got cold feet over the sequel to "Dumb and Dumber" after New Line's "The Incredible Adventures of Burt Wonderstone" bombed. The films had similar budgets -- around $30 million -- and Jim Carrey. However, in "Wonderstone," Carrey had a smaller part, and the headline role was Steve Carell's.

Still, the studio gave the Farrellys the go-ahead to shop the film around. After production company Red Granite agreed to finance the film, Universal picked it up.

Carrey, who backed out of "Dumb and Dumber To" last year -- for a brief time -- after noting Warner Bros. lack of enthusiasm, made no bones about it. He thought dumping the film was dumb idea.
I would have thought Dumb and Dumber To was a no-brainer. After all, it's implied in the title.
Carrey will reunite with costar Jeff Daniels in their respective roles of Lloyd and Harry some 19 years after the original hit.

The original brought in a global box office of $247.2 million on a budget estimated at $17 million. Indeed, it seemed like a no-brainer, and there is pent-up fan fever for the movie, too. Still, Warner Bros. will still make money if the film works out. The company will still retain a licensing fee and a share of the box office receipts.

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