Fans of male model-themed comedies may want to add “disappointment” to their repertoire of looks. A rumored sequel to Zoolander has been put on indefinite hold, according to Ben Stiller, the director and star of the 2001 cult comedy film.
Stiller broke the news while he was hosting a Master Class at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. “The film’s been discussed and in some way in the works for 10 years,” Stiller told the audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “But there are no plans to start production any time soon.”
Zoolander made over $45 million in domestic gross on a $28 million budget when it was released in 2001, according to Box Office Mojo. The film stars Stiller as Derek Zoolander, Owen Wilson as rival-turned-friend Hansel McDonald, and Will Ferrell as evil fashion designer Mugatu. In the film, Derek — an empty-headed male model — becomes entangled in an unlikely international terrorist conspiracy. Besides its off-kilter characters and storyline, Zoolander is also notable for its dozens of celebrity cameos. While Zoolander was only a modest success compared to many other movies featuring Stiller, such as Meet the Parents, There’s Something About Mary, Night at the Museum, and Meet the Fockers, the oddball comedy has garnered a loyal cult following in the years since its release.
Rumors of a possible Zoolander sequel have been circulating for several years and at one point Ben Stiller even claimed that filming had started. “We’re filming the Zoolander 2 sequel at the moment,” said Stiller in March 2011, according to MovieWeb. “Derek’s going to be back bigger and better than before — no catwalk is safe! It’s ten years later and most of it is set in Europe. I don’t want to give away too much, but it’s basically Derek and Hansel ten years later.”
It’s not clear what happened after that update. Justin Theroux, who was supposed to be directing the sequel according to IMDb, subsequently denied that filming had begun. However, fans that have waited over ten years for a sequel should not completely lose hope. While it doesn’t appear that Zoolander 2 is hitting theaters any time soon, the project does not appear to be totally dead yet either.
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