Anyone who has ever watched TV has probably caught a showing of Step Brothers, Adam McKay’s 2008 comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as a pair of frustratingly immature step-siblings who veer wildly between being best friends and mortal enemies, and now Ferrell has shared a story pitch for where a possible Step Brothers sequel could’ve gone. Speaking with the New York Daily News, Ferrell says that he and McKay talked about doing another Step Brothers, but they “got sidetracked with other things.”
Ferrell says Step Brothers 2 would’ve been about him and Reilly following their parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) to a retirement community, where they would try to convince them that they had “earned the right to retire as well.” Basically, with the first movie being about Ferrell and Reilly resisting the need to grow up, the sequel would’ve been about them deciding that they were done being adults and wanted to be seniors. Ferrell doesn’t reveal what role Adam Scott’s character would’ve had in this, whether or not it would’ve included a follow-up to “Boats ‘N Hoes,” or how much room the retirement community would have for activities, but it doesn’t really matter because the sequel probably won’t happen.
It sounds like the experience with Anchorman 2 kind of soured Ferrell on sequels to his comedy movies, since that movie was made because fans kept asking for it and then those same fans decided that it wasn’t as good as the first one. That being said, Daddy’s Home 2 is coming out in just a few days, so maybe Ferrell holds the original Step Brothers to a higher standard than the original Daddy’s Home.