David Spade revealed that a Joe Dirt sequel is going to happen…eventually. The Saturday Night Live alum did an AMA on Reddit on Wednesday and many fans barraged him with praise for his critically-hated 2001 comedy. During the AMA, Spade revealed that he and Wolf are trying to secure financing for Joe Dirt 2. Sony Pictures owns the original, which was produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. “We’re putting it together now and seeing if we can keep it as funny and with the music we like for a lower budget,” he explains. “It’s just a new world, where they can’t make those $15-30 million comedies anymore.” The first film’s budget was around $17 million. One probable landing point for the movie, according to the comedian, would be on Crackle.com, the home of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which is also owned by Sony. “They want to be the first web address to do a sequel to a movie…we really want to do it.”
Joe Dirt starred Spade as the titular character, a down-and-out white trash wanderer working as a custodian in a Los Angeles radio station who ends up on air with a disc jockey Dennis Miller. The flashback film follows Dirt on his quest to find his real parents. The box office dud opened for a measly $8 million in its opening weekend, only grossing nearly $31 million overall. But the film continues to play frequently on cable television where it has become something of a cult favorite. Written by Spade and writing partner Fred Wolf, the comedy featured an impressive list of guest stars and cameos including Christopher Walken, Jaime Pressly, Kid Rock, Carson Daly, and Kevin Nealon. He’d even like Walken and Rock to return, albeit, for less money. “I lived a lot of this stuff, and think it’s really interesting, and funny,” Spade told his fans. “I loved the Joe Dirt movie.”
This is the first major update about a Joe Dirt sequel since 2010 when TBS toyed with the idea of doing a Joe Dirt animated series with Adam Sandler returning as an executive producer. Spade was recently in talks to bring an untitled comedy series to HBO about a former rock and roll manager in LA who’s signed a new pop Christian boy band. He also had a new hour special air on Comedy Central, My Fake Problems.