Paramount Says No to ‘Zoolander 2′

Sunday, May 2, 2010
By Kevin Crossman

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

Just hours after Adam McKay announced that Paramount had basically passed on making Anchorman 2, Ben Stiller tweeted about his own troubles in getting a Frat Pack sequel made:

Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks.

Will Ferrell in Zoolander

Will Ferrell in Zoolander

As recently as just a few days earlier, Zoolander 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux indicated at an Iron Man 2 press conference that details were coming together on the sequel.¬†”We got Ben, I think we’ve got Owen and I think I’ll leave it at that - we’ve got some other people who are super-interested and other people who were in the first” Theroux said. Earlier reports had tapped Jonah Hill to appear in the sequel, playing the villain. ¬†Will Ferrell was not rumored to appear as he did in the original.

Once again, this move is likely budget related. Since the original¬†Zoolander is three years older and made half as much money as Anchorman, it isn’t impossible to think that a sequel is somewhat risky. And unlike Anchorman 2, with Zoolander 2 you’d have two highly paid A-list actors in starring roles. Of course, if Owen Wilson’s expanded role in Little Fockers plays well, the studios might be looking for another Stiller/Wilson costarring project, so it’s sad they’re passing on one at this juncture.

What do you think? Which film would you rather see a sequel to? Anchorman or Zoolander?

8 Responses to “Paramount Says No to ‘Zoolander 2′”

  1. jon

    damn you paramount.

    #1847
  2. Mario

    Aw, motherFUCKER! Go fuck yourself, Paramount. Seriously. I knew it though. When I heard about the Anchorman snub, I recalled Paramount made Zoolander as well and started fearing the worst, but I didn’t want to bring myself to believe it. Now I’m really pissed off. I definitely wanted to see a sequel to Zoolander more than a sequel to Anchorman. I just think Ben and Owen have still got it, while Ferrell and McKay have lost their golden touch a little bit, and there’s more of a chance they might ruin their masterpiece of comedy. Zoolander’s got more legs, I think. There’s a story to tell about retired male models. Anchorman would basically be more of the same, just crazier.

    #1848
  3. Both sequels might be really interesting. And fun.

    #1849
  4. John Avs

    I think Paramount is taking crazy pills

    #1851
  5. mallrat

    whaaat?! come on.. i’d love to see those movies. anchorman and zoolander are the best films the frat pack has made and i don’t think there’s gonna be another one that good.. so a sequel to at least one of those would be probably the best frat pack stuff in the near future. please paramount, don’t fuck this up!

    #1854
  6. sandra

    Zoolander

    #1855
  7. Bonnie

    I’m conflicted. Part of me feels maybe it’s for the best. Are sequels ever as good as the original? Zoolander is one of my favs because of Ben/Owen and I would hate to have that tarnished with a not-so-great sequel.

    But I do agree that if The Little Fockers hits it out of the park with Ben/Owen then they might re-consider because they’d want to cash in.

    But then on the other hand I want more Ben & Owen. They haven’t worked together in forever and not near enough as far as I’m concerned. I was anxiously awaiting them reteaming together.

    #1856
  8. Sam

    Ok I have an idea. They should have a zoolander/anchorman crossover

    #1873

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