It looks like the movie world will lose a few brain cells come next year.
Peter Farrelly announced production of a sequel to the 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber would begin production in September, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, respectively.
In the original film, Carrey and Daniels play a pair of bumbling pals who embark on a cross-country trek to Aspen, Col. to return a lost briefcase.
This installment in the Dumb and Dumber series will mark the first sequel to feature Daniels and Carrey, as well as Farrelly, who co-wrote and co-directed the original film with his brother Bobby.
A much-maligned prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd was produced in 2003 without the original cast, and Farrelly was quick to emphasize that he had nothing to do with the film.
“We did not do ‘Dumb and Dumberer,’” Farrelly said during a press junket for his upcoming film The Three Stooges. “That was a studio thing. So we’ve always wanted to do a sequel and finally Jim called up. Jeff always wanted to do it. We always wanted to do it. Jim was busy, but he called and said, ‘We’ve got to do this thing again.’ He had just watched Dumb and Dumber and he said, ‘This is the perfect sequel. Let’s do it.’”
Some NIU students said they were excited for the release of the sequel.
“I hope it’s good,” said Megan McDonald, junior business administration major. “I really enjoyed the first one and hopefully it’s really funny.
McDonald said she grew up watching the original film with her brothers and would quote the film’s dialogue.
“The things they say in [Dumb and Dumber] are so funny,” she said. “I hope they come up with more good stuff like that.”
Junior marketing major Ben Wilson said he liked that Carrey and Daniels would reprise their roles in the yet-to-be-titled sequel.
“As long as they get the original people back, I’m sure it will be good,” he said.
One NIU student said he wasn’t so sure about the announcement.
“I hope it’s good, but I don’t think it will be,” said senior communications major Will Adams. “Most times the sequel isn’t nearly as good as the original. With a classic comedy like this, I hope they don’t tarnish its legacy.”