The Farrelly brothers are getting to be Atlanta regulars. The filmmaking team behind 2011’s “Hall Pass” and last year’s “The Three Stooges” is coming to Atlanta once again to film the sequel to “Dumb and Dumber.”
The comedy reuniting "The Newsroom" star Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey, who was just here filming a role in "Anchorman 2," gets started soon.
Peter Farrelly announced the joyous news on his Twitter feed and discussed details on a recent Nerdist podcast.
“It’s so good, I think it makes the first one better,” he said. “We took two years to work on this script. We didn’t want to do it unless it was as good as the first one. We took our time.”
Farrelly said “Dumb and Dumber To” (note that’s not a typo) gets cranking later this summer.
“We’ll hopefully be shooting by August in Atlanta,” he said. “You shoot in Atlanta because it’s cheap.”
The movie, due for a 2014 release and not to be confused with “Dumb and Dumberer,” takes place in Rhode Island but will film here to take advantage of Georgia’s film-friendly tax policies.
The project has been in the works for some time now. We asked Farrelly about it last year, during an interview to discuss the “Stooges” movie.
“It’s still up in the air right now. But I guarantee we’ll be back,” he told us at the time, vowing to make more movie magic in Atlanta. “I love the city, love the restaurants, I love the people.”
Carrey made headlines this week with some movie-related tweets of his own. He stars in “Kick-A— 2,” which comes out later this summer, but he won’t promote the movie because of its violence.
“I did (the movie) a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he posted, referring to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last year. “My apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
The movie is about costumed crime fighters, and Carrey's character, "Colonel Stars and Stripes," is a mafia tough turned masked superhero and born-again Christian. One of the movie's executive producers, Mark Millar, was surprised by Carrey's decision not to promote the movie.
“Jim is a passionate advocate of gun-control and I respect both his politics and his opinion, but I’m baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay 18 months ago,” he said in a message on his website.
No word on whether Carrey plans to return whatever salary he was paid to do the film.