Ben Stiller, director, co-writer and high-cheek boned star of 2001's cult comedy Zoolander has recently spoken about his hopes to produce a sequel to the hit fashion-industry farce. Although many of the original film's crew are dubious as to whether the film will be able to be made, Stiller has high hopes, and sees the sequel taking place ten years after the original film, catching up with the eponymous Derek and his fellow model friend Hansel (Owen Wilson).
From what Stiller has disclosed, the decade between films won't have been kind to the two central characters, becoming cast aside in an industry in which (in Stiller's words) “ten years is a thousand years". Stiller spoke about his ideas enthusiastically, explaining his plans for the plot;
"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.”
Stuart Cornfield, Stiller's producing partner, however, is not quite as enthusiastic as the writer/director/actor, and adopts a more cynical approach;
“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".
It certainly sounds like Stiller is excited about the project, and has ambitious plans concerning Derek and Hansel's return. Fans will hope the film can secure backing, as, I am sure, we are all curious as to which new poses Derek has up his devilishly stylish sleeve.
Rob Fred Parker blogs at Film Shaft.
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