McKenzie Brothers sequel ready to go, eh
Bob and Doug McKenzie March 30, 1999 @1:54pm EST

Almost 20 years after the original McKenzie Brothers film, 1983's 'Strange Brew', plans and financing are afoot for a sequel.


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McKenzie Brothers sequel ready to go, eh

By RICHARD JOHN -- JAM! Showbiz
 Take off Hoser!

Almost 20 years after the original McKenzie Brothers film, 1983's
'Strange Brew', plans and financing are afoot for a sequel.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dave Thomas' (aka Doug McKenzie)
Maple Palm Productions has finally secured financing for the film that
will team him up with Rick Moranis (aka Bob McKenzie).

Thomas is also in talks to get fellow Canadian Dan Aykroyd (SNL, The
Blues Brothers) in as a co-star. "I sent [the script] to Dan Aykroyd cuz
there's a great part for a fast-talking insurance salesman in it, and
he's interested," he told the Toronto Sun's Jim Slotek last October.

The original film celebrated Canadiana - from the stubby beer bottle and
jelly donuts to Oktoberfest in Kitchener, Ontario - while clinging
loosely to the plotline of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

The 'Strange Brew' of the title referred to a batch of tainted beer
brewed by the Elsinore Brewery (shades of Hamlet) under the guidance of
Brewmeister Smith (Max Von Sydow). The beer was destined for Oktoberfest
and it was up to the bumbling McKenzie Brothers - with help from a
disguised superdog - to save the day.

The direction for the new film, set to start filming July 12 in Toronto,
will be handled by Paul Flaherty (brother of Joe), who lensed Martin
Short's 'Clifford'. According to Thomas, the new film will be "about a
bunch of losers who try to launch their homemade beer as a major brand
and f--- everything up."

The McKenzie Brothers began life on the sketch comedy show SCTV, in a
segment called 'The Great White North.' During the segment, the parka
and touque wearing Bob and Doug McKenzie drank beer, consumed donuts and
back bacon sandwiches and discussed similar Canadian related topics.

The sketch, created as a protest against strict Canadian content
regulations for domestic television, ironically translated well enough
south of the border to be included in the US version of SCTV.

The McKenzie Brothers were recently resurrected for a series of Molson
Canadian ads and Moranis and Thomas were recently awarded the Order Of
Canada for their contribution to Canadian culture.


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