Reuters has posted news that made my day. “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” the late Stanley Kramer directed 1963 film that had the coolest cast ever, which included the brilliant and underrated Dick Shawn, Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, The Three Stooges, Don Knotts…I could go on…has Producer Ed Bass of “Bobby” and director Stanley Kramer’s widow, Karen Sharpe Kramer, teaming up to make a sequel to the comedy classic.
The sequel is said to be titled “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World,” the film would replicate a large ensemble cast that mixed stand-up comics and actors.
The story will focus on the descendants of the characters from the first movie who are in yet another “madcap chase” to find a treasure trove of money, after it is revealed that the money found in the first “Mad, Mad” was counterfeit.
This film has been in development hell since 1991 – with several issues holding back its production, including Kramer’s passing.
No director is attached yet, and Reuters states Bass and Kramer will finance the picture independently.
There is rumor they hope to involve living actors from the original movie in some roles. Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Stan Freberg, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis and Jonathan Winters are still with us.
George Barris was the car designer and customizer behind screen vehicles the Batmobile, the Monkeemobile and KITT, the car from “Knight Rider” and is designing cars for the movie, according to Reuters.