The Tom McCarthy-directed family feature “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” arrives on Disney+ on February 7th, following its world premiere at Sundance to a handful of reviews (all gushing).
The film is based on the book by Stephan Pastis, who co-wrote the script with McCarthy, and follows young 5th-grader detective Timmy Failure (Winslow Fegley), a boy with an overactive imagination and a sidekick – a 1,500-pound polar bear.
Now it seems there’s already talk of a sequel. Collider spoke with McCarthy and asked about the possibility of a sequel, to which he responded that Pastis is already planning one even though it’s not greenlit yet:
“I think we would all do it again in a minute. Stephan’s already started working on another script, and I think there’s so much material in the books. I mean he’s written seven. There’s so many great characters and so many recurring characters. I think whenever you talk about a sequel, it’s whether people want to come back and spend time with the characters, and when I watch the movie now, it’s one thing I really feel satisfied by watching it is how many characters there are that are fun to spend time with. That to me is a good thing, so I would not rule that out.”
Pastis meanwhile revealed that he was looking to compress the second, third, and fourth books together for the sequel if it should go ahead (there are seven books in total). The main reason? They bring in a new character that would serve as a good foil for Timmy:
“The series is seven books, so if I had my way, the sequel would be a combination of two, three, and four, put together, truncated. For me, it was a matter of finding what new character who wasn’t in one would make this really interesting. I think I found that character from one of the books. So yeah, it’s fun. I was saying to Tom with the sequel, part of the fun is we’ve seen him interact with different age classifications, and there was one thing we’ve haven’t seen, so what would he be like around this kind of person, so the character I was focusing on is a character from the books who would be fun to see.”
Ophelia Lovibond, Craig Robinson and Wallace Shawn co-star in the $42 million-budget feature which isn’t getting a direct theatrical release and is going straight to the Disney+ streaming service.