Thursday, February 25, 2010

Writer and Director Hired for 'Zoolander 2'

Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?

After hearing rumors about it for years, it's actually happening. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Paramount has hired Justin Theroux (who wrote "Tropic Thunder" and "Iron Man 2" and has only directed "Dedication") to write and direct "Zoolander 2," the sequel to Ben Stiller's male fashion model comedy from 2001.

Apparently Theroux is even going to Fashion Week in Paris to "immerse himself on what is current in fashion." I guess Paramount heard all the cries for this sequel because they finally admit that "it's got momentum." They just now realized that? I know people have been hoping to see this since 2001!

Deadline doesn't say much else about the sequels besides that Ben Stiller is back and "everyone's hoping Owen Wilson co-stars again but no deal is set." They also sneak in a little tidbit that says Jonah Hill is in negations to play the villain.

Jonah Hill as the bad guy? Oh man. I'd love to see Will Ferrell aka Mugatu at least cameo, though. And come on Owen! Bring back Hansel!

Apparently the studio still is unsure of the success of the first one (even though it's a huge cult favorite), so they're trying to keep the budget below $50 million, which is causing a bit of a ruckus. But, of course, everyone does want to come back and "bring Derek and Hanzel to life again."

If "Zoolander" was about a dimwitted fashion model at the end of his career, what is the 10-years-later sequel going to be about? More importantly, will there be another Billy Zane cameo? I hope so.

The first film was not a success in theaters, due in no small part to its release date just over two weeks after the events of 9/11. It picked up a major cult following on home video and is one of the most quotable films of the last decade.

Are you interested in seeing "Zoolander 2"?
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, Latino Review, First Showing

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