In a move that Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas would hardly understand, producers of Dumb and Dumber To — the undead follow-up to 1994′s Dumb and Dumber — have filed court documents to keep producers of the original film away from their sequel.
EW has confirmed that Red Granite Pictures, a company run by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, is seeking to exclude Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler from any involvement in their upcoming film. Krevoy and Stabler were among Dumb and Dumber‘s 11 producers.
Red Granite claims that Krevoy and Stabler have no contractual right to be involved in any Dumb and Dumber remake or sequel because its current deal with Universal nullifies any deals still in place when Warner Bros. was hosting the project. (Warner Bros. dropped the sequel in June; Universal picked it up days later.)
Krevoy and Stabler, of course, disagree. “Red Granite has a pattern and a history of attempting to violate contracts of producers that have contractual rights in their projects,” Krevoy told The Hollywood Reporter. “They think they can arbitrarily wave a wand and make facts go away, but that is not the case with us.”
“Making Dumb and Dumber and Kingpin with Peter and Bobby Farrelly and producer Charlie Wessler were two of the best filmmaking experiences I ever had,” Stabler added, noting that he and Krevoy have tried to be involved in the film’s preproduction. “I’m very hurt and upset by Reza and Joey’s attempts to exclude me.”