LOS ANGELES — Worried that you’ll have to wait a few years for the next collection of antics from Johnny Knoxville and the “Jackass” crew? Don’t fret — it will likely be only a few months.
After the blockbuster opening of “Jackass 3-D,” which sold $50.4 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, Paramount Pictures is considering what to do with a wealth of footage that didn’t make the big-screen cut.
To hear it from “Jackass” ringmaster and star Knoxville, the production filmed so much material that there’s easily enough to create a sequel from what was left on the cutting-room floor.
“We shot two movies’ worth of footage,” Knoxville said. “We have so many bits that we never even turned in to Paramount because we were so swamped with ideas — funny stuff.”
Paramount had been planning to use the extra footage for an online follow-up similar to “Jackass 2.5,” which hit the Web three months after “Jackass Number Two” was released in theaters in September 2006.
But “Jackass 3-D” was a much bigger hit than expected, nearly doubling the $29 million launch of its predecessor. A primary reason appears to have been the 3-D technology that brought the grossest visuals into viewers’ faces. An overwhelming 92 percent of opening weekend box office revenue came from theaters with 3-D screens.
As a result, the studio is mulling what to do with the remaining footage and one option is a second theatrical release. Unlike a DVD or Internet release, that would let fans see it as it was shot: in 3-D. A person familiar with the situation said Paramount would likely decide about where and when to release the “Jackass 3-D” follow-up in the next few days.
According to Stephen “Steve-O” Glover, one of the best bits that failed to make the cut in the new film involves a man named Will the Farter using his, uh, talent with a blowgun to launch darts at a target painted on Glover’s face.
“How are you going to leave out the scene where a guy farts darts into another guy’s face?” Glover asked. “You know you’re working with some high-quality material if you’re leaving something like that out.”
Asked about sequels a few days before “3-D” came out, the director of all three “Jackass” movies, Jeff Tremaine, said that cast and crew had filmed every movie as if it were their last and that they had no plans to shoot more.
While several cast members are approaching their 40s, Tremaine said age would not be a barrier to future filming. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of skill to do what these guys do,” he said. “As long as they’re brave enough to do it, they can go on as long as they want.”
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