Ed Bass, one of the producers behind Bobby, and Karen Sharpe Kramer, the widow of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World director Stanley Kramer, have teamed to make a sequel to the comedy classic, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Titled It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World, the film would be, like the 1963 film, a large ensemble movie mixing comics and dramatic actors. The story follows the descendants of the characters from the first movie who are thrust into another madcap chase to find a cache of money after it is revealed that the money found in the first movie was counterfeit.
Bass’ relationship with the sequel began in 1991 when he produced the “Mad World” documentary Something a Little Less Serious with Stanley Kramer. The two began planning a sequel, but Kramer became ill, and the project was put on hold. Kramer died in 2001.
No director is attached, and Bass and Kramer plan to finance the film independently. The duo want the sequel to be have an even bigger cast than the original, and they hope to involve actors from the original movie.
George Barris — the car designer and car customizer behind such famed screen vehicles as the Batmobile, the Monkeemobile and KITT, the car from “Knight Rider” — is designing cars for the movie.