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Ben Stiller’s “Excited” About Upcoming ‘Zoolander’ Sequel

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Ben Stiller‘s male model satire Zoolander had the unfortunate timing to open in theaters, two weeks after the attacks of September 11. While it barely made a profit during its original release, it went on to do blockbuster business on video where audiences embraced it as a comedy classic. Whether or not to make a sequel to the film, which would already have a huge built in fanbase, is a no brainer. After spending years in the development process, a follow up is close to going into production in the near future. In an interview with Parade Magazine Stiller says that the biggest obstacle has been the 2004 suicide of his friend and writing partner, Drake Sather, with whom he collaborated to write the 2001 film. He said

We’ve been working on it on and off over the last six or seven years. The biggest hurdle for me personally was that Drake Sather, who created the character, passed away. He was a good friend and the lump for me was it’s hard to imagine doing it without him. Now my buddy, Justin Thoreau, has committed to directing and writing it. So I’m excited and I think it’s going to happen. I want to be able to do something that lives up to the first one. That’s the challenge.

It’s good that Stiller is finally starting to get the ball rolling on the sequel. It seems he’s had a little too much time on his hands for goofy awards show appearances like his groan inducing Avatar parody at this year’s Oscars.

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