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Ben Stiller talks Zoolander 2, which is not quite as dead as Anchorman 2

May. 25, 2011by: JoBlo
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In a world where there are ten idiotic sequels greenlighted every day, I cannot for the life of me understand why it's so tough for movies like ANCHORMAN and ZOOLANDER to get follow-up films.

Both are comedy classics with built in fanbases, yet ANCHORMAN 2 has already been killed by the studio who said it "wasn't economical." Unless all those involved are demanding outrageous salaries, what were they going to spend so much cash on, fake mustaches?

ZOOLANDER 2 is staring down a similar barrel as it fights to exist, and in the newest issue of Empire, Ben Stiller talks a bit about what he's got planned if the movie can get made.

“(In the fashion industry) ten years is a thousand years. They’re both totally out of it and have to start from scratch.”

“And then there are things set up at the end of the first movie that we’re able to build on, like Derek and Matilda have a son, and Mugatu went to jail. There’s a lot there, I’m excited about the idea of doing it. It feels like it’s getting close to going.”

"I'm excited about the idea of doing it" and "it's getting close to going" aren't exactly the most reassuring statements in the world. Why so hesitant?

“It’s hard to get any movie made. It’s frustrating, because I believe the script is incredible. It’s not just putting on those costumes again, it’s a great story to tell.”

“We’ve got what I consider to be the best comedy script I’ve read in years and years, with jokes that haven’t been told before.”

Again, I understand these movies are full of big stars like Ferrell and Stiller, but I can't imagine them demanding giant paychecks that would halt production if they're that passionate about these movies. What's the real story here?

Extra Tidbit: I was known for my perfect Blue Steel in high school, when such a thing was still hilarious.
Source: Empire

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1:12PM on 05/25/2011

Get it done...

but it doesn't sound too reassuring when Stiller considers that it's the "best comedy script he's read in years." Seeing as how the only scripts he's getting are for the Fockers movies or those Museum films. He should just make a Tony Wonder movie with Will Arnett.
but it doesn't sound too reassuring when Stiller considers that it's the "best comedy script he's read in years." Seeing as how the only scripts he's getting are for the Fockers movies or those Museum films. He should just make a Tony Wonder movie with Will Arnett.
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1:27PM on 05/25/2011

Cut Deals Get it Done

If the problem truly is actors salary demands why not make a back end deal?

Solid Script?
Good Director?
Good Actors?

If actors are so sure the movie will be good then they should have no problems making money on the back end of movies instead of demanding 50 million up front.
If the problem truly is actors salary demands why not make a back end deal?

Solid Script?
Good Director?
Good Actors?

If actors are so sure the movie will be good then they should have no problems making money on the back end of movies instead of demanding 50 million up front.
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2:00PM on 05/25/2011

Up with Good Sequels

I dig this.
I dig this.
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7:47PM on 05/25/2011
We got Little Fockers. Yet we can't have Zoolander 2 or Anchorman 2. Bummer.
We got Little Fockers. Yet we can't have Zoolander 2 or Anchorman 2. Bummer.
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8:06PM on 05/25/2011
I'm not surprised Studio's are hesitent about putting these movies into production. How many "good" comedy sequels have you seen? Not a lot. But if Hangover 2 opens big this weekend with good reviews, I'm willing to bet Zoolander 2 or Anchorman 2 gets greenlit. If we're lucky, maybe both.
I'm not surprised Studio's are hesitent about putting these movies into production. How many "good" comedy sequels have you seen? Not a lot. But if Hangover 2 opens big this weekend with good reviews, I'm willing to bet Zoolander 2 or Anchorman 2 gets greenlit. If we're lucky, maybe both.
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11:17AM on 05/29/2011
these dudes all love comedy and their fans..why not go into it with a low salary and split the profits if its a major success...come on you greedy hollywood douchebags
these dudes all love comedy and their fans..why not go into it with a low salary and split the profits if its a major success...come on you greedy hollywood douchebags
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5:59PM on 09/26/2012
It's funny to see this aticle now as we already have a teaser for Anchorman 2, and no info if or when we will ever see Zolander 2.
It's funny to see this aticle now as we already have a teaser for Anchorman 2, and no info if or when we will ever see Zolander 2.
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