New Line Cinema must have liked the sequence in its ”Austin Powers in Goldmember” that showed what Austin and Dr. Evil were like as teenagers. The studio has similar plans for another hit from its library, ”Dumb and Dumber.” Variety reports that New Line is preparing a prequel to the 1994 comedy blockbuster, called ”Dumb and Dumberer,” that will depict adorable ignoramuses Harry and Lloyd as young special-education students trying to break into ”the big show” — regular high school.
The teen focus means that neither Jim Carrey nor Jeff Daniels, who starred in the original film, will be back, which should at least save the studio a lot of money. Neither will the film’s creators, brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who’ve since gone on to make such movies as ”There’s Something About Mary” and ”Shallow Hal.” Instead, the studio is handing the reins over to Troy Miller, a rookie director whose first feature, ”Mr. Show” spinoff ”Run Ronnie Run,” has yet to find a spot on New Line’s release schedule. No one has yet been cast as Harry and Lloyd.
Meanwhile, Carrey’s next movie, ”Bruce Almighty,” is scheduled to start shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., in September. Reuniting with director Tom Shadyac (”Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” ”Liar, Liar”), Carrey will play a Job-like newscaster who so irritates God with his complaints that God lets him play Supreme Being for one day. Daniels will be seen alongside Clint Eastwood in ”Blood Work,” a thriller opening next week, and reprising his ”Gettysburg” role as Union officer Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War epic ”Gods and Generals,” due at the end of the year.