Alrighty then! After decades of waiting, cult classic Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is finally returning with a third installment.
Fans of the original should be relieved to hear that Jim Carrey is also planned to reprise his role as the eccentric sleuth. And the icing on the cake? Ace Ventura 3 will receive a theatrical release.
The film is reportedly in development at Amazon Prime Video, so we should also expect it to debut via streaming and cinemas simultaneously.
Ace Ventura 3‘s announcement was unexpected. It came up during an interview for a mini-documentary about the original film’s production company, Morgan Creek Entertainment. Morgan Creek let it slip that the popular 90s franchise wasn’t dead just yet, and would soon be receiving a brand-new follow-up to round out the trilogy.
“We’re pretty excited about our franchise developments with Exorcist and the Ace Ventura franchise” Morgan Creek opined, “During COVID, audiences have been in love and are thrilled to have beloved characters brought back with new stories. Ace Ventura will see a new day at Amazon as a major motion-picture/theatrical with the Sonic the Hedgehog writers.”
Those Sonic The Hedgehog writers he’s referring to are Pat Casey and Josh Miller, both of whom have been tapped to pen the Ace Ventura 3 screenplay. Seeing as how they’ve written for Jim Carrey before in his well-received performance as Dr. Robotnik in Sonic’s first live-action film, things sound like they’re off to a good start for Ace Ventura’s return.
The announcement shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Sonic the Hedgehog was one of 2020’s only major box-office successes, and Jim Carrey’s stand-out performance in it was universally praised as a highlight of the film.
After taking a long break from acting, it seems like the public is ready for more Jim Carrey. And he seemed to have a feeling that his Ace Ventura persona might be returning, as he was already resurrecting the character during live appearances last year on the Kelly Clarkson Show and SNL.