I’ve never met anyone who is indifferent about Jackass. Some people really love watching a bunch of idiots intentionally harm themselves by doing really stupid things for laughs. Some people really hate it. I am one of the former and always have been. I don’t totally understand why, though. It’s hard to figure out, since under normal circumstances its awful to to see others intentionally hurt themselves. Yet I could watch Johnny Knoxville or Bam Margera fall down a flight of steps on a continuous loop without ever getting tired of it. Yes their pranks, stunts, and pratfalls are stupid and juvenile, but they are also really funny in a very pure way. And now they’re coming back for more. Paramount says Jackass 4 will tumble into theaters in 2021.
Paramount Pictures has announced Johnny Knoxville and his band of merry morons will be returning to the big screen for more dangerous shenanigans. The studio has given the fourth film a March 5, 2021, release date. This will be the first time since 2010’s Jackass 3D that a traditional Jackass movie will be released. In 2013, Knoxville starred in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which focused on his inappropriate grandfather character. He also did a spiritual sequel with 2018’s Action Point. It was essentially a Jackass movie, full of painful stunts and other absurdity, folded into a real story about an infamous—and very dangerous—old New Jersey amusement park.
Paramount has not released any other details about the movie yet. We would expect to see much of the same crew return though. That includes Knoxville’s co-creators Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze. Tremaine directed the first three movies as well as Bad Grandpa. He seems like the only real person to direct this next film too.
Of course, it seemed like a fourth film might never happen after the sad death of Ryan Dunn in 2011. He was one of the main casts members of the show and movies. Dunn was also one of the best. It will be interesting to see how his friends pay tribute to him. We can’t even imagine the enormity of the prank or stunt they will take on to honor him.
But while we fans will certainly miss Dunn, it’s hard not to be excited for another movie. They consistently delivered, and it has been far too long since we got a new one. Of course, it’s amazing we ever got a single one to begin with.
No one could have predicted that what started out as a ridiculous MTV show about guys doing really stupid crap would still be going strong over two decades later. The half-hour reality series that started it all premiered on October 1, 2000. Jackass initially ran for three seasons on MTV until February 3, 2002, but for just 25 episodes. It first came to the big screen with 2002’s Jackass: The Movie.
That launched its successful film series, which we wouldn’t be surprised to still see going on two decades from now. Lots of us have always loved Jackass. Even if many people are just as confused by its appeal now as they ever were.
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