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Sequelitis: Jim Carrey Getting Even Dumber, Mightier? Harvey Weinstein Still Wants Another Rounders

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 7, 2011 at 11:46AM

Anyone who thinks the sequel boom is ending soon best hide under a rock for another decade or two.
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Anyone who thinks the sequel boom is ending soon best hide under a rock for another decade or two.

Jim Carrey, whose upcoming family comedy Mr. Popper's Penguins could go either way, has dropped word of Bruce Almighty and Dumb and Dumber sequels (both spin-offs, the disappointing Evan Almighty and Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd were made sans Carrey). Would audiences return if Carrey were in them? It depends on how well they turn out.

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And now Harvey Weinstein says of Matt Damon poker movie Rounders: "I never make sequels but it’s something I’d like to revisit.” This one begs credulity, because thirteen years ago the John Dahl movie was a box office dud that only grossed $23 million in theaters. But DVD sales were strong enough to suggest that audiences might want more. Both Damon and Edward Norton are bigger stars now, and poker is more popular than ever. (Many lost at the poker table betting like the guys in that movie.)

The Weinsteins and Miramax' new owners of the Weinsteins' old library may also partner on sequels for Bad Santa , Shakespeare in Love and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Scripter Brian Koppelman told ThePlaylist: “We’ve talked a lot about doing ‘Rounders 2’ when we were making ‘Ocean’s 13’ and we were working with Matt [Damon] again. We talked about it a lot and Edward [Norton] came by and we had meetings and we called John Dahl, and he’s in to do the sequel. It’s just a question of when we’re going to do it, when we have the exact angle in.”

In his review of Rounders, Peter Travers said of Damon, "This kid still has surprises up his sleeve." Does he still?

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Sequel, Matt Damon

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.