HOLLYWOOD – Undoubtedly the hit comedy of 2009 was Year One starring Michael Cera and Jack Black and directed by Dr. Egon Spengler himself (as he prefers to be known, Harold Ramis.
Given the critical and commercial success – unprecedented in the world of comedy – a sequel seemed like a no-brainer, but the sequel – Year Two – has been stuck in pre-production for two years now (ironically, but not funnily) and looks like going nowhere fast, much to the chagrin of laughter lovers everywhere.
Jack Black spoke to German magazine, Swinehund earlier this week:
When something is a massive success, and I mean a phenomenal success, the way Year One was, there is obviously the urge to immediately repeat it but there is also the contrary-wise caution that every responsible artist must apply in order not to ruin what has already been created. If you look at my ‘ouvre‘ you will see I am very careful not to sully the beauty of – say – Gulliver’s Travels, by making a wholly unnecessary Gulliver’s Travels 2.
Michael Cera is also adamant about not wishing to go over old ground:
As an actor I want to push myself. Every project has to be completely different. Look, I started playing a drippy nerdy looking boy in Arrested Development. What kind of asshole would I be if I was still basically playing that character? It would be as unthinkable as remaking Arrested Development.
However, hope is not lost. Both Cera and Black have turned up at big Hollywood parties dressed as their Year One characters Zed and Oh. Harold Ramis is known to be keen to return, telling close friend Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I’d be keen to return.’ More positive news comes from David Mamet who admitted to having already written the first draft of the sequel. ‘Jack and Michael are hard taskmasters but I’m sure once they’ve seen where I’ve taken the characters, they will be keen to jump on board,’ Mamet told Studio Exec.
Year Two might be out in 2015.