Hell, Yes!

Oh, happy day - Zoolander 2 is on the way! One of Ben Stiller's greatest creations has deserved a followup for years, and it looks like the sleeper hit is finally going to get its due. If a toy robot deserves a sequel, why not this? Details, via The Onion A.V. Club

[A mere nine years after Zoolander opened to mixed reviews and modest box-office Ben Stiller and the gang are re-upping for another adventure in male modeling. Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood is reporting that actor turned writer-director Justin Theroux will direct and co-write the script for Zoolander 2 with Stiller. The two recently collaborated on the screenplay for Tropic Thunder. According to the article, Jonah Hill is currently in negotiations to play the villain. Yay? All the same, let the Zoolander quoting commence!]

I could live without the addition of the overrated Jonah Hill and I don't know how they'll ever top Blue Steel - but I'm excited nonetheless. A few more deets, via Nikki Finke

[EXCLUSIVE: What's better than being really, really ridiculously good-looking like Zoolander? Being really, really ridiculously good-looking in the 2001 cult classic's sequel. Finally, Paramount and Ben Stiller are pulling together a PG-13 Zoolander 2 with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux who'll also direct. I've learned that Ben and Justin are working on the script together, and Theroux is going to Fashion Week in Paris to "immerse himself on what is current in fashion." "It's got momentum," a studio source just told me. Everyone's hoping Owen Wilson co-stars again but no deal is set. The villain likely will be Jonah Hill, who's in negotiations.

If you remember, Zoolander came out on September 28, 2001, right after 9/11 so no one ever saw the pic in theaters. But it was a hot DVD and is still a bestseller on iTunes. And when Ben Stiller goes overseas, he's always asked to do "Blue Steel" which is saying a lot about a movie that earned only $45M domestic and $16M international because of its lousy timing. The problem is that no one's sure what the sequel can do because the original was so thwarted. Paramount wants to keep the budget below $50M so what's being discussed is some upfront reductions in exchange for bigger upsides. And yet everyone still really wants to do the pic in order to bring Derek and Hanzel to life again.]

The crew is solid and Ben Stiller definitely has the comedic touch. Tropic Thunder was a surprise gem, so I'm looking forward to seeing what Justin Theroux can bring to life. Given the state of "cinema" - with toys getting more attention than actors and seventies television getting mined - this might be one of the brightest stars on the horizon.

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