"I can tell you that there is no growth out of either one of them and it's 20 years later. What is funny about the original is that they're grown men who are complete losers and when the studio came to us about a sequel, we were like, 'Loads of kids are losers and they're dumb.' We didn't see any value in the sequel so we backed out of it, but now these guys are in regular life and they're still basically children at heart. The story revolves around the fact that one of them may have sired a child. They want to go and find the child because he's having a kidney problem and he wants to ask him for one of his kidneys."
The filmmaker also said they originally hoped to start shooting this fall, although that isn't possible now that Jeff Daniels' HBO show The Newsroom will be in production at that time. He revealed that the new plan is to get production started next spring.
"We were hoping to shoot it very soon - this fall - but that didn't come to pass because of scheduling conflicts. Jeff has a successful TV show over here now so we have to work around that. We are planning on shooting it this coming spring and hopefully it will be out by next fall. That's the plan and that will be our next movie, we've already written the script. We're very anxious to get back in business with those two guys."
He also talked about how popular the original Dumb and Dumber has become, due to the comedy being shown frequently on TV.
"The thing about Dumb and Dumber here in the States, I don't know about over there, but here it ran an awful lot on television. They've seen it not tens of times but hundreds [of] times, because it ran a lot. They know all the lines, and they know the story inside and out. It's one of those that if you're flicking through the TV channels and you come across it, you'll watch it for a while. It's definitely our most popular and most familiar [film]. We're very anxious to make another one."