Ben Stiller’s been trying to push his “Zoolander” sequel forward about as long as Adam McKay’s been flying the flag for an “Anchorman” sequel, but if Paramount’s recent decision to flat turn-down the Will Ferrell-starring latter is anything to go by, then it’d seem Melrose Ave ain’t too keen on star-driven comedies at the moment – guess it’s got something to do with, well,pricey Decepticons. Stiller has essentially verified the assumption, announcing via Twitter today that the studio has essentially rejected “Zoolander 2” too.
Tweeted Stiller : “Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks.”
Seems quite strange to me. Both “Zoolander 2” and “Anchorman 2” are bound to make money – particularly considering how well they’ve performed on DVD (both were minor hits at the box office but rentals over the years have more than made up for any B.O disappointment) and more so, with the all-star casts they’d likely both have. Paramount are either skipping the mid-range budgeted comedy at the moment because films like “Transformers 3” and “G.I Joe 2” are considered safer bets or they’re suddenly more confident, what with the success of the familiar face-less “Paranormal Activity”, that they no longer need big stars to sell films. Guess someone from the shingle will speak out sooner or later on why these two flicks have been turned down.