In March of this year, it emerged that a Zoolander sequel was possible, or indeed likely. John Hamburg, the screenwriter responsible for the first movie, spoke of his thoughts on the sequel, which he called Twolander. These included it being a ten-years-later kind-of affair.
Now, completely backing up Hamburg’s machinations is none other than Ben Stiller himself, who played the lead character of Derek Zoolander back in 2001. Everything he said in an interview with Screen Rush to promote Night At The Museum 2 was in line with what had already been said.
“I’d love to do Zoolander 2. We’ve actually worked on a script over the years and hopefully it’ll happen. It’s just a matter of … getting it all together and finding the right story, but it would really be fun to do that again.”
“It’d have to be about 10 years later. I think Derek’s son, Derek Jr., would be grown or at least 10 years old. I think Derek would have to be sort of dealing with the fact that he’s no longer a model. Maybe he has a modeling school. I don’t know. He’s sort of like an older, wizened sort of model — probably with lots of gray in his hair and maybe a beard.”
“Definitely, Owen would have to be in it for sure. Hansel… [you] can’t do it without Hansel.”
So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth – Twolander is a goer. Having said that, there isn’t a story there yet, just the rumblings of one. But I’m sure Mr. Stiller will be able to work his magic and conjure up another box-office smash out of thin air.
I’m not a fan of Zoolander, finding it wholly unfunny and barely watchable. But after saying as much in the previous article about Twolander and getting roundly criticized for those views, I’ll leave my personal opinion at the door. I guarantee Stiller will play exactly the same character in Twolander as he always does though – that’s a fact rather than opinion.