There are certain auteurs out there, like the Coen brothers or Paul Thomas Anderson, who have never made any sequels to their fan favorite films. They’re artists who are always taking on new challenges, always attempting to break new ground. Pauly Shore is the same way. I’m certain that somebody somewhere has been clamoring for Encino Man 2, The Son In-Law 2, and especially In the Army Now 2 for years, but Shore has been unrelenting, always committed to moving forward and exploring new territory. All of that is supposedly about to change, however.
Shore was recently a guest on Andy Dick’s Internet talk show Andy Dick Live, and during their conversation the talk turned to their memories starring together in 1994’s signal-of-the-end-of-Pauly-Shore’s-relevance, In the Army Now. Dick was the first to suggest that it might finally be time to give their biggest fans exactly what they want by filming a sequel called In the Army Again. He even went as far as to suggest that in the film their characters should, ” …rescue Katey Parry (sic) from a USO show gone bad or something.” Instead of laughing off the concept like anyone with an ounce of sanity would, Shore responded by saying, “We just need a script and someone to back the project and I’m in.” Then, to make matters worse, FilmOn.TV (the company that produces Dick’s show) CEO Alki David chimed in and said, “I’ll back it if both of you star in it.”
David is the sort of guy who has the capital to make a ridiculous idea like this become a reality; but surely he wouldn’t be so crazy as to invest in a movie starring Pauly Shore and Andy Dick as army soldiers in 2012, would he? Perhaps he is, because a press release has now gone out announcing that the film is officially in development.
But for those with an eagle eye and a finely tuned bullshit detector, FilmOn.TV’s press release reads less like an announcement of a new feature film and more like an advertisement for their website and Dick’s talk show. It spends a couple paragraphs recounting the conversation where the idea for the sequel came about, it makes sure to mention the specifics of how to watch the show where the conversation happened, and then it goes on to explain who the parent company is and what other sorts of shows are available on their website. The only real info about In the Army Again is a throwaway comment that work on a script will soon begin.
So, what do you think? Is David and company really serious about making a sequel to In the Army Now, or is this just a silly publicity stunt meant to get the word out that Andy Dick has a talk show? Sure, these guys are in show business, but they wouldn’t toy with our emotions like that, would they? Maybe we should start a preemptive petition to get In the Army Again completed and released, just to be safe. And somebody needs to call David Alan Grier to make sure that his schedule is free. There’s so much work to be done… [via Cinema Blend]