Paramount and MTV Films announced today that they’ve greenlit the 3rd installment of JACKASS in “eye-popping 3D” for release on October 15, 2010. It begins shooting in late January with Dickhouse Production’s Jeff Tremaine directing yet again and producing alongside Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville. Said the star in the statement, “We’re going to take the same 3D technology James Cameron used in AVATAR and stick it up Steve O’s butt. We’re taking stupid to a whole new dimension.” (His mother must be so proud…)
I love how the studio announcement boasts about how foul the franchise is. It pointed out that 2002’s Jackass: The Movie earned more than more than $64 million and was heralded as “a disgusting, repulsive, grotesque spectacle, but also hilarious and provocative. God help me, thumbs up” by critic Richard Roeper. 2006 Jackass: Number Two earned over $72 million and was described by The New York Times as being “debased, infantile and reckless in the extreme, this compendium of body bravado and malfunction makes for some of the most fearless, liberated and cathartic comedy in modern movies”.