KINGPIN may not have lit up the box office when it was released back in 1996 but the film has gone on to gain a pretty sizeable cult following. It’s because of that cult following that some have been clamoring for a sequel and now it looks like a follow-up may actually be happening.
According to “Collider“, the Farrelly Brothers are set to produce a sequel to Kingpin that is said to be in “active development” at Village Roadshow Pictures. What’s unclear is if the Farrelly Brothers will be back to direct the project or be involved with its screenplay but the duo didn’t take up writing duties on the original film, that job went to Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan. Plot details also appear to be unknown at this time so it’s not clear if Woody Harrelson or Randy Quaid would return (although the latter seems to be focused on making a run for the governor of California rather than acting). Lastly, there’s Bill Murray, who played bowling legend Big Ern McCracken in the film. Murray isn’t opposed to making appearances in follow-ups to some of his films so it’s possible he would be interested.
The original Kingpin followed Roy Munson (Harrelson) a young bowler that has a promising career ahead of him until a disreputable colleague, Ernie McCracken (Murray), tricks him into participating in a con game that ends with Roy’s bowling hand crippled for life. Years later, Roy discovers Amish bowling phenom Ishmael (Quaid) and, along with the help of a gangster’s girlfriend (Vanessa Angel), he plots to take Ishmael to the top of the bowling world. Kingpin received mixed reviews from critics, scoring a 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it was a bit of a box office disappointment when compared to the Farrelly Brothers previous hit, Dumb and Dumber ($25 million domestic gross versus $127.1 million) but the film has gained a cult following in the years since its initial release. The film also stars Lin Shaye, Rob Moran, Chris Elliott, Chris Schenkel, and Nelson Burton Jr.
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