Paramount Considering Theatrical Release for Jackass 3.5

In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Paramount is already thinking about how they can possibly squeeze even more money out of the Jackass franchise after Jackass 3D‘s stellar $50 million opening weekend. In this case, however, a traditional sequel is not necessarily what they have in mind. While it remains to be seen if Johnny Knoxville and his compadres ever plan to reassemble for a fourth feature film, Knoxville himself has already stated that they shot enough footage to fill an entire second film of outtakes. He had hinted that they might even be able to release this so-called Jackass 3.5 on DVD just in time for Christmas… but hold on a minute there! Why rush to release it direct-to-DVD when you could release it in theatres and get people to pay to see it twice? That just doesn’t make good business sense!

According to the L.A. Times, Paramount is currently mulling over the possibility of a theatrical release for Jackass 3.5. It sounds good in theory, especially if they can get audiences to fork over money for 3D ticket prices all over again. However, it’s unclear how much of the extra stuff is intended for 3D, and whether it would be worth the time and money to do another 3D conversion. The other issue is simply a question of quality.

The Jackass 2.5 DVD release that followed Jackass Number Two was definitely a major step down (although some of the behind-the-scenes footage was interesting). However, it sounds like there was a lot more memorable material left on the cutting room floor this time around. According to Steve-O, there is one scene where Will the Farter uses his unique talent to blow darts at Steve-O’s face. “How are you going to leave out the scene where a guy farts darts into another guy’s face? You know you’re working with some high-quality material if you’re leaving something like that out.” Indeed.

Are you game for seeing Jackass 3.5 in theatres, or could they be “watering down” the series with a quick cash grab like this? Would Jackass 3D have done as well as it did if they hadn’t left as much time between sequels?

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  • rjdelight

    I’d go to the theater to watch it, but only if the outtakes are on par with the other movies. And since they’re called “outtakes” I’m going to assume they’re not.

  • swarez

    I’m sure they were inspired by the stellar performance of Avatar Extended cut in theaters.