Comedy sequels are arguably the toughest of all sub-genres to crack. Outside of a handful of examples like Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Wayne's World 2, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 22 Jump Street, the cupboard is fairly bare.
Consider the mishaps of Zoolander 2, Anchorman 2, Bad Santa 2 and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising as a case in point, and the evidence is fairly damning. But the 2008 sleeper comedy Step Brothers with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly has become more popular with age as calls are made to give a new installment.
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If anyone is to revive the film for a second take, it would be the man who wrote, produced, directed and even starred in the damn thing. Adam McKay played a small part as the man without glasses, as the 48-year old left the door open.
"Maybe we'd do it in 10 years," replied McKay. "I said 'no' at one point. And then I realized it was foolish of me to say that, because the older they get, the funnier the joke may get. I definitely would not say no to that now. For a second I did, just 'cause comedy sequels are like the hardest thing to do 'cause half the joke's out of the bag already...There's so many projects Will and I have together. We just wrote a script together that I think is as funny as anything we've ever written, so I don't know if we are dying to do another Step Brothers. But like I said, I never would say never. I just never know what's going on in eight, nine years, so it could happen."
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Will Ferrell on the other hand is not so sure we will see a return to the Catalina Wine Mixer. Starring again alongside Reilly for a Sherlock Homes comedy remake, the 49-year old doesn't see the value in making a sequel for a sequel's sake.
"You have to resist the temptation," he argued. "It's just tough because the things everyone wants you to do sequels of are special because there's not a sequel of it. I guess we'll see, but as of now there are no plans. We just don't want to be doing sequels of everything... Then do (the characters) become pathetic?. Possibly funnier, I guess. But maybe more pathetic. We did have a great idea and got real close, but it just didn't happen."