Ben Stiller talks Zoolander 2, for serious



2001’s Zoolander is probably Ben Stiller’s finest hour, a monumentally ridiculous (“Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty”) and endlessly quotable (“What is this? A centre for ants?! How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can’t even fit inside the building?”) satire on celebrity culture and the pretentions of the fashion industry. Since he hasn’t made a film that has been anywhere near as popular since, losing much love after a procession of dreadful films like Little Fockers , he’s returning to the well for a second attempt at discovering whether there really is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.

Chatting to Empire Online, Stiller revealed that a script has been completed and submitted to the studio. The story apparently takes place in Europe, some ten years after the events of the first film, where Derek Zoolander and rival/ally/sometime orgy partner Hansel (previously played by Owen Wilson) find themselves out in the fashion cold. Will Ferrell’s über-camp villain (and inventor of the piano key necktie) Jacobim Mugatu(!) also plays a big part in the script, although what that role is remains a mystery.

My cynical side is telling me that this can’t possibly be anywhere near as glorious as the original, but then again… this is Zoolander. How could anyone possibly not be excited about more Zoolander? I friggin’ worship Zoolander, man. It’s the film that gave us the line “There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, ‘Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman’.”

Don’t let me down, Stiller. Or I’ll be all like “Taste my pain, b*tch!”

PS: What’s the betting this ends up being called Twolander?

[via Empire Online]