Exclusive : Ficarra & Requa talk about their next film with Steve Carell


Glenn Ficarra & John Requa are the writers/Directors/producers of one of my favourite romantic comedies of the past couple of years, “Crazy Stupid Love”. And I think the reason it’s one of my faves is because it’s not your standard ‘rom-com’ – it goes much deeper; there’s some serious stuff in here woven in between all the humour and sweetness. The film’s been pretty darn successful so when I had the opportunity to speak to the duo recently I brought up the subject of ‘sequel’. While “Crazy Stupid Love 2” is still two decades away at the earliest, the duo did talk a little about “Bad Santa 2” (which they’re not involved in) and a couple of other upcoming projects, one which reunites them with “Crazy Stupid Love” star Steve Carell.

Untitled Con Movie
Glenn: Another con movie. ”Mikey had a plan. But… ”
John: A romance, a con romance. We thought it would be interesting to a movie about two con people, a man and a woman who fall in love and suddenly… Because to be a con you have to sort of, in a way turn human beings into objects or things that are to be manipulated. But then to have people fall in love and suddenly their kind of humanity and morality is a little bit… To have them deal with it and does it affect their ability to do their job. So it could be… It could be very funny.

Untitled Steve Carell comedy
John : Well… We’re working on something with Steve also, that he’s producing. He’s not starring but it’s based on the idea he had. We wrote the script already. It’s one of these three friends from college, but now they’re in their 40s, movies. They’re going on a European backpacking trip that that they never did. And it’s filled with all this middle-aged fun.
Clint: Oh really. My father did that. He bought back a wife. Californian wife.
Glenn : Oh, really? Wow, what!?
Clint : Same age as me. Went on a European tour, they were in a bus and within a week they were engaged.
Glenn: That’s something we could add to the movie. We have something similar in our movie but ours doesn’t have a happy ending.

Crazy Stupid Love 2
Glenn: You never know.
John : In space.
Glenn : No, I don’t think anybody involved would want to do it. Yeah. I mean, maybe perhaps in twenty years we might reunite everyone and revisit the characters; we could see different phases of their lives. But right now I think, you know, we’ve sent them on their way.

Bad Santa 2
John: Well there’s a sequel to Bad Santa coming. We’re not involved but it’s in the works.
Glenn : There are two writers working on two separate scripts.
John : Yeah. They want us to direct it, but we said “No.”
Clint : No?
John: No.
Clint : I don’t know if you can top Bad Santa…
John: I don’t think so. Billy Bob’s involved. Terry Zwigoff is not involved and we’re not involved.
Glenn : Yeah. We’ll see how it goes. If it comes out great then that sells DVDs for the original. And if it comes out bad it makes the original seem that much better. [laughter]
That’s right.
John: That’s the best kind of money that exists in Hollywood, which is characters based on money. The check just lands on your doorstep doing nothing.

You read the full interview with Ficarra and Requa here