John C. Reilly says he's down to make a 'Step Brothers' sequel
It's been a decade since Step Brothers hit theaters, and I've still got "Boats and Hoes" stuck in my head. The movie starred Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Brennan and Dale, two middle-aged man-children who still live at home. When Brennan's divorced mother marries Dale's widowed father, the two become, you guessed it, step brothers.
At first, Brennan and Dale don't get along, getting into an epic fight over a drum kit. Then they discover they have so much in common, like wrecking the house while sleepwalking. They go on to create Prestige Worldwide, a yacht-destroying entertainment company, and finally prove their worth at the motherf***ing Catalina Wine Mixer.
Fans have been clamoring for a sequel to the hit comedy, which is always tricky. Usually comedy sequels are criticized for copying the first movie, while making only slight changes, like The Hangover 2. But if they diverge from the formula too much, they might alienate the audience, like The Hangover 3.
While speaking to The New York Daily News, Will Ferrell revealed he had the perfect idea for Step Brothers 2: "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."
Pretty awesome concept, right? Unfortunately, at the time, Will and director Adam McKay had just released Anchorman 2. A lot of people loved that movie, myself included, but apparently, the experience soured them on sequels.
"[With Anchorman 2], we made what I thought was a great sequel, really funny," said Will. "The entertainment industry 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. [But] It’s a nice catch-22, because people love the movies in the first place."
Well, get ready to belt out "Con te partirò," because John C. Reilly said he's down to make a sequel. While appearing on Good Morning America to promote Ralph Breaks The Internet, the actor was asked about the possibility of Step Brothers 2. "Yeah, [it’s] possible," said John. "It requires the cooperation of a few other people, but I would love to do another one of those."
One of those other people is director Adam McKay, who's transitioned into making dramas like Oscar-winning The Big Short and the upcoming Dick Cheney biopic. Eight months ago, Adam told CinemaBlend, "[Step Brothers 2] is very possible in five years, because I don't think the Step Brothers idea gets worse the older these guys get." Good point! Obviously, they'd also have to bring back Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen as the parents, plus Adam Scott as Brennan's younger brother Derek.