John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell have been playing the ‘will we, won’t we’ game anytime they’re asked about a follow up the universally loved movie Step Brothers.
Just a few weeks ago Dragon was promoting a film and did a talk show saying he would love to do a sequel and while that may get you all warm and tingly inside, I beg you to reconsider. I wrote a few words back when Dragon initially brought it up about why it’s a BAD idea, you can check that out here.
Now thanks to Rich Eisen, dear friend of the Pat McAfee Show, we have a definitive answer from both Reilly and Ferrell.
There you have it folks, straight from the NightHawk’s mouth. NO STEP BROTHERS 2. What a refreshing statement to hear in an industry filled with remakes, cheap sequels, and cash grabs. Let’s put it to bed and never speak of this again.
…At the same time to be honest if they changed their mind a few years down the road and did end up doing a sequel, I would completely understand. It’s hard to resist the temptation of ALL. THAT. MONEY.
While promoting his new film Ralph Breaks the Internet, John C. Reilly (Dale/Dragon) was asked which of his films he would like to make a sequel to. Of course it’s Step Brothers, because he knew thats what the audience wanted to hear. But should it be? His exact words were “I mean, it requires the cooperation of a few other people, but I would love to do another one of those.”
Step Brothers is an iconic film. Instantly recognizable and hilariously quotable. Let’s not water it down with a cash grab remake that taints these perfectly crafted characters and gags. It’s so hard to resist this temptation because our thirst for nostalgia (and money) is never ending. Reilly and Ferrell have such great on screen chemistry together they could appear on an episode of The 700 Club and make it charming and entertaining. Their efforts would be best spent collaborating on something new, something fresh! Not rehashing old material.
We should have learned our lessons by now. When a great comedy film like this comes along and captures so many fans, we instinctively always want more. We are always wrong.
Anchorman 2 Zoolander 2 Evan Almighty MIB II The Hangover II Son of the Mask (YIKES) Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Dumb & Dumberer and the grand daddy of them all, the one we should have always think of when it comes to trying to recreate classics and recapture the magic, Caddyshack II.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn managed to dance around this problem. They could have just made a sequel to Wedding Crashers, but instead teamed up and kept a similar dynamic but with a different spin for The Internship. It’s not the best movie you’ll ever watch, but it’s farrrrrr from the worst and sits well above most of those sequels mentioned above.
I don’t think there will ever be a Step Brothers 2. I can only hope after Anchorman 2, Ferrell now gets it. Also with the success they’ve had working together with Talladega Nights then Step Brothers they’ve shown they’re flexible and creative enough to keep making new fresh hits that become cult classics.