The Farrelly brothers' insistence on providing belated updates on the states of mentally ill adults was not sated with The Three Stooges. They still think Dumb and Dumber's sociopathic leads have more stories to tell, more diarrhea scenes to warble through, and the sibling directors are going to bring the characters back with a sequel to shoot this fall.
Talk of Harry and Lloyd returning to screens has been ongoing since February of last year, when Bob Farrelly said "that ball is in motion," in reference to both a Dumb and Dumber sequel and a testicle mutilation scene he's already envisioning. In October, the writers of Mr. Popper's Penguins were hired for scripting duties, having proven their worth at writing for Jim Carrey face contortions, but it still was unclear if or when this would happen, or even if stars Carrey and Jeff Daniels (and Lauren Holly?) were interested.
Speaking to ComingSoon at a press junket for Three Stooges, Peter Farrelly has now provided some answers: it's happening in September, and yeah, Carrey and Daniels are in. (But maybe not Lauren Holly? And would I still be attracted to Lauren Holly if I saw her? Would I recognize her?) Said Farrelly:
"We're getting set to shoot 'Dumb and Dumber 2' in September. It's the first sequel we've ever done and we've got Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back."
The director went on to clarify his claim that this their first sequel, making clear that Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd was a non-canonical product of studio greed, while Dumb and Dumber 2 is the product of Jim Carrey suddenly coming up with a new annoying sound to make. He continued:
"We did not do 'Dumb and Dumberer.' That was a studio thing. So we've always wanted to do a sequel and finally Jim called up. Jeff always wanted to do it. We always wanted to do it. Jim was busy, but he called and said, 'We've got to do this thing again.' He had just watched 'Dumb and Dumber' and he said, 'This is the perfect sequel. Let's do it.'"
Well, I somehow doubt this sequel will be granted the "instant classic" status my middle school class bestowed upon the original, but it should at least be a good experience for Jeff Daniels. Nothing tempers the self-important haughtiness of walking and talking like the grounded act of sitting and shitting.