It took a long time to happen, and when many of us got to feast our eyes on Dumb And Dumber To when it arrived in 2014, we couldn’t help but wonder why they bothered. It’d be fair to say that the film fell some way short of the 1994 original, in spite of most of the key personnel – Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, the Farrelly brothers – all returning for the new movie.
The film proved to be a modest box office success at least, though, returning around $170 million off a $40 million budget. Even with Hollywood accounting’s finest at work, there’s a sniff of a profit there. But some of that profit may be about to be eaten up by a fresh court case that’s been launched.
It’s come from Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy, the producers of the original film, who claim their contract for 1994’s Dumb And Dumber gave them first negotiation rights for sequels and remakes. However, New Line Cinema instead brought in Katja Motion Picture Corporation and Avery Pix, who in turn inked a deal with Red Granite.
Still following? Red Granite, in 2013, filed a lawsuit against Steve Stabler and Brad Krevoy, who in turn fired another back. Settlements were reached, but the new suit targets New Line, with Stabler and Krevoy after $1 million in damages and counting.
This doesn’t really affect us at the end of the chain, of course, but it’s worth noting that were there any plans for Dumb & Dumber 3 – and it doesn’t look like there are – then this would put a mighty spanner in the proverbial works…