INBETWEENERS Co-Creator Speaks on a Sequel and the MTV Adaptation
Earlier today word spread that Iain Morris and Damon Beesley — the co-creators of the splendidly raunchy cult UK comedy The Inbetweeners — were at work on a sequel to The Inbetweeners Movie.
“I don’t want to give too much away at this stage but yes, we have been developing an idea for a sequel. We miss working with Simon, Joe, James and even Blake too much not to give it a go.” said Beesley.
The movie — which holds the record as the UK’s top grossing theatrical comedy of all time — is getting a US release on September 7th just weeks after last nights premier of the US adaptation of the series on MTV. As luck would have it, I had a chance to speak with Iain Morris (who also co-wrote the movie) on a conference call about the sequel and also any concerns he might have about the US version harming the cult following of the original.
On the sequel and what could prevent the film from going forward:
Availability of the four guys, availability of me and Damon. Cause we all really want to work together and this past year Damon [Beesley] and I have spent very loosely talking about what we would do as the sequel and what might be funny and what would be good. But really already, a year [has] passed and I’m thinking if we were proper businessmen or filmmakers we’d just come up with a sequel two weeks after the film was released and we’d be releasing it now — but you know, we’ve taken some time away and I’m sorta based out of America at the moment because of my wife.
Yeah, it’s about availability and willingness of the guys to do it, but they all seem… when I spoke to them about it they all seem keen. It’s just getting us all together to do it I guess.
On the cult following of the original and any concerns about it losing luster with the US version now upon us:
Well, I suppose I hadn’t really thought about it. It’s a different show and I think that’s what I found interesting and exciting about it — the idea that someone would take something that you’d done and play with it and mold it and change it. Again, it’s slightly harder because it’s exactly the same name and I think the characters have exactly the same names, so it does definitely have a relationship to it.
I think 10 years ago it would have been a different thing because the world wasn’t quite so small in terms of social media and the availability of other TV shows and stuff. So it’s definitely… I suppose if I felt like they were goona delete the tapes of the english one and no one could ever see it again I wouldn’t do it, but i think the idea was that we try and create something… or they try and create something different.
Again, The Inbetweeners Movie hits US theaters on September 7th.