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  • Borat 2 News

    I don't know how they will pull this one off but here's an article about it from Yahoo!:

    Murdoch says Sacha Baron Cohen signs for "Borat 2"
    Thursday February 8 7:35 PM ET

    British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has signed a deal to make "Borat 2," a sequel to the hit film about a boorish Kazakh journalist on a road trip across America, News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday.

    Murdoch, whose company owns the Hollywood studio behind the original film, 20th Century Fox, offered no details about the planned follow-up as he spoke to reporters at a media conference, other than to say the film's star and creator was on board.
    "He's signed up to do a sequel for us," Murdoch told attendees of the gathering sponsored by McGraw-Hill.

    A spokesman for Cohen declined further comment.

    Cohen's faux documentary, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," was a surprise box-office sensation, grossing $248 million worldwide and earning an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.

    Cohen also won a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a comedy or musical for his role as Borat Sagdiyev, a cluelessly offensive Central Asian journalist with a thick mustache, rumpled gray suit, wild-eyed grin and boisterous catch phrases like "sexy time!"

    The character is one of several oddball personas Cohen introduced to U.S. audiences on his HBO cable TV series "Da Ali G Show."

    Left unclear by Murdoch is whether a "Borat" sequel would -- or even could -- follow the same "mockumentary" premise as the first movie.

    Chronicling Borat's exploits on a cross-country U.S. road trip, the original film was driven by Cohen's improvised, unrehearsed encounters with ordinary people who become his unsuspecting comic foils.

    Cohen has said his film has drawn such worldwide notoriety that it might be difficult to pull off a similar feat in the near future.

    Besides its commercial success, "Borat" sparked a fair amount of controversy. The film drew protests from Kazakh authorities outraged by Cohen's portrait of their country as a backward nation of imbeciles. It also sparked lawsuits by some unwitting subjects, including two fraternity brothers shown guzzling alcohol and making racist remarks in the film.

    Nonetheless, a 20th Century Fox rival -- Universal Pictures which is controlled by General Electric Co. -- reached a deal with Cohen in November for film rights to another of his alter egos, a gay Austrian fashionista named Bruno, for a reported $42.5 million. The Hollywood Reporter said at the time that Universal plans to start shooting the Bruno film this summer for a 2008 release.

    Plans by Fox for a "Borat" sequel remain murky.
    Asked whether he had seen "Borat," Murdoch said, "Sure, about three times. ... We laughed like hell. We went out to dinner and laughed all over again."
    (Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles) Reuters/Nielsen
    Last edited by Barbossa; 02-08-2007, 07:22 PM.

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    Re: Borat 2 News

    Murdoch's 'Borat 2' news raises eyebrows

    By Nicole Sperling and Georg Szalai
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Feb 9, 2007

    In the second time in as many days, Rupert Murdoch seems to be jumping the gun on announcing news within News Corp.'s operations.

    The chairman and CEO of the media conglomerate said Thursday at Media Summit New York, an event produced by Digital Hollywood and presented by McGraw-Hill, that Sacha Baron Cohen has signaled that he will do a "Borat" sequel with Fox.

    "He will do a sequel," Murdoch said in an onstage interview. "He will first do something else ... then he wants to come back and do a 'Borat 2.' "

    That doesn't appear to be quite accurate. While it is true that Baron Cohen is going off to do "something else," specifially the "Bruno" picture that Universal recently locked up for a reported $42 million. According to Twentieth Century Fox -- the producers behind the first "Borat" that has generated more than $128 million in domestic grosses -- the company has had preliminary discussions with the British comedian, but nothing is even close to a real project.

    "We're eager to work with Sacha again, and we've had casual discussions about a sequel, which we'd love to do, but at this point it remains too preliminary to discuss," said Chris Petrikin, senior vp, corporate communications at Fox.

    On Wednesday, Murdoch told analysts and journalists following New Corp.'s second-quarter earnings call, that an announcement to the timing of the launch of the Fox Business Channel would be in the next week. News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin had to step into the call, suggesting the announcement would be "soon" but declined to be more specific (HR 2/8).

    What does remain clear is Murdoch's enthusiasm for Baron Cohen's humor.

    The Australian media mogul called "Borat," "a pretty clever picture" that "subtly made Americans laugh at themselves." The media mogul also said he saw it three times. He shared with the audience that after a screening in the News Corp. building with friends and colleagues, "we laughed like hell," then went for dinner and laughed more.

    Murdoch does remain a bit more skeptical about the prospects for a sequel. Films like that "don't necessarily repeat themselves easily," he said.

    We'll have to wait and see if "Borat" repeats itself at all.
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    • #3
      Re: Borat 2 News

      I wouldn't mind seeing another Ali G movie. Indahouse was good but it wasn't the clever humour that was Borat.


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