Ernest Gets a Reboot with Son of Ernest

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.

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  • rjdelight

    Ernest Scared Stupid scared the crap out of me as a kid. I’m not proud of this, but it’s true.

  • Darksiders

    That was the halloween one right? I liked that one a lot as well.

  • rjdelight

    Yep, co-starring Eartha Kitt! Ernest vs. Trolls. Can’t beat that!

  • These are end times.

  • I’m sensing that this will be a direct-to-video vehicle for Larry the Cable Guy. It’ll pop up on CMT a couple months later.

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  • Kasper

    Never heard of this. One of the things that – I presume – never reached far beyond North America?

  • Maopheus

    If you never heard of this, you’re not missing anything.

  • scott

    Good for the creator of Ernest!

  • rjdelight

    You’ve never lived if you’ve never heard of Ernest.

  • Jersey Jason


  • It’s too bad that Jim Varney didn’t live long enough to write his autobiography, which surely would have been called “The Importance of Being Ernest”. Oh, come on. Don’t look at me like that. It’s really the only possible choice.

  • Dave

    This is the 2012 end of the world theory they’ve been talking about. Varney will rise from the grave and take names. KnowhutImean?

  • ramubay

    Abbott and Costello, Jerry Lewis, Ernest, people like to deny it but they made us laugh.

  • Shastina Wilkins

    Can’t wait to see it!!

  • Gregory Scott Cash

    I can’t wait to see Billy in action he has the facial expressions and gestures down exactly like Ernest

  • me

    I’m not gonna judge until the movie comes out and I watch it. I’m hopeful that it will be good.

  • Glenn Gottdanggit Clark

    Billy Crank is going to do a great job. If ever there were an illegitimate child had in part to Jim Varney’s intervention, then Billy is that kid. All jokes aside, I am glad to see family friendly comedies return to the screen.

  • Angela Morris

    He will not disappoint! There is nobody out there closer to Ernest than Billy Crank….know what I mean!:)