Producer Ed Bass (“Bobby”) and director Stanley Kramer’s widow Karen Sharpe Kramer have teamed to make a sequel to the 1963 comedy classic “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”.
Titled “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World,” the film would be, like the 1963 film, a large ensemble movie mixing comics and dramatic actors.
The story follows the descendants of the characters from the first movie who are thrust into another madcap chase to find a cache of money after it is revealed that the money found in the first movie was counterfeit.
The project has been in development since 1991 but Stanley Kramer’s ill health and death, along with the failure of the similarly-themed 2001 comedy “Rat Race”, also set back the project.
No director is attached, and Bass and Kramer plan to finance the pic independently. The duo want the sequel to be have an even bigger cast than the original, and they hope to involve actors from the original movie in roles.
George Barris — the car designer and car customizer behind such famed screen vehicles as the Batmobile, the Monkeemobile and KITT, the car from “Knight Rider” — is designing cars for the movie.