Following the disappointment of “Semi-Pro” and the good reviews and solid box-office of “Blades of Glory,” Will Ferrell hoped to score a bigger hit with “Step Brothers” which saw him re-team with his “Anchorman” helmer Adam McKay and his “Talladega Nights” co-star John C. Reilly.
The film opened and did decent box-office, though reviews were mixed. In the few years since however, there’s been a serious re-evaluation of it with the consensus only improving with time. As a result, there’s been talk of a sequel over the years but nothing substantial has come out of it.
Speaking with New York Daily News recently, Ferrell sadly revealed that chances of a follow-up are pretty much dead with the failure of the “Anchorman” sequel not helping. He also tells the outlet about the idea he had for a story:
“We talked about ‘Step Brothers,’ and then Adam and I got sidetracked with other things. We had a whole story where John and I follow our parents to live in a retirement community and try to convince them that we earned the right to retire as well.
The sequel thing is so funny because, we decided obviously to go down the road with ‘Anchorman,’ and we made what I thought was a really great sequel, really funny. The entertainment media and fans beg you, and beg you, and beg you for sequels, and then you make it and you definitely have a fraction that’s like, ‘Well, not as good as the first one.’ So I guess it’s a catch-22. It’s a nice catch-22, because people love the movies in the first place.”
Ferrell will next be seen playing director Russ Meyer in the biopic “Russ and Roger Go Beyond” which documents the making of “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”. The film also stars Josh Gad as Roger Ebert.