half baked 2

No Dave Chappelle or Jim Breuer in the sequel

“Abba Zabba, you are my only friend!

Imagine they make a sequel to half cooked. Sounds like a slam dunk, right? After all, the original didn’t smash at the box office, but it was probably a hit on home video. Well, it looks like Universal finally has a Half-Cooked 2 in the mix, but of the original cast, the only person to return is Rachel True, who played love interest, Mary Jane. Well, okay, that’s not true. Deadline is reporting that Harland Williams will have a cameo. So that’s something, right?

All of this raises the question, why, twenty-five years later, make a half cooked sequel without Dave Chappelle, an infinitely bigger star now than he was in 1998, and Jim Breuer? Chappelle, I kinda get it – the man is busy and would probably cost millions and millions to get, but Jim Breuer? Could anyone cut a check to the old SNL?

In what should come as no surprise, Half-Cooked 2 comes from Universal’s 1440 Entertainment, which is their low-budget DTV label. They recently made the two most unlikely sequels/prequels of all time, RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned and Blade of the 47 Ronin.

Rachel True will be joined Half-Cooked 2 by Dexter Darden (from The maze Runner), Moses Storm, Jeff Ross, David Koechner and Frankie Muniz, of all. It’s directed by Michael Tiddes (replacing the highly underrated Tamra Davis) and centers around Chapelle’s character’s son. Well, ok then – at least they didn’t replace Chappelle, but why bother making a Half-Cooked 2 without Chappelle or Breuer?

Fun story – years ago at the Sundance Film Festival I had a beer with Tamra Davis (really cool lady) and mentioned that when I worked at a video store in my youth we could never keep a copy of half cooked in stock, because smokers who rented it always forgot to return it. I doubt the sequel will have the same staying power.

Do you have any interest in this DTV Half-Cooked 2? Let us know in the comments.

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