Just when you thought that everything from the ’80s and ’90s had already been rebooted and rehashed a few hundred times over by now, along comes someone to remind us that there’s still at least one more property that has yet to be tapped. Believe it or not, former TV commercial personality turned movie star Ernest P. Worrell is headed back to the big screen… knowhutImean, Vern? Original creator John Cherry is bringing back the classic character that he created in the mid-’80s and then essentially ran into the ground until the death of star Jim Varney in 2000. The new movie is called Son of Ernest and will obviously star a different actor donning the denim vest. Hey, what could possibly go wrong?
According to Variety, production company Ruckusfilm is bringing back Ernest with the help of screenwriter Dan Ewen, who recently wrote a potential upcoming Farrelly Brothers movie called Dear Satan. He also wrote a body switch comedy called Opposites Attract with Kyle Newman (Fanboys) attached to direct. He claims that he will “honor the originals and Jim Varney while birthing a new chapter that lies somewhere between not sucking and Earth-shatteringly funny.”
Although I have fond memories of some of the early Ernest movies like Ernest Goes to Camp and Ernest Saves Christmas, the series later spiraled into direct-to-video territory (the last Ernest movie was 1998’s Ernest in the Army). Although you can’t really say the name hasn’t already been tarnished, let’s face it, a new Ernest movie without Jim Varney sounds like a terrible idea. But will it be worse than Son of the Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jr.? Check out a promo poster courtesy of First Showing and a collection of some classic Ernest commercials below.