Before YouTube was a thing and videos weren't as popular a commodity on the internet, if you were looking to watch guys play absurd pranks one one another and perform dangerous stunts, Jackass was your prime destination. Starting out as an MTV show, Jackass eventually spun out into a film series, with Jackass 3D, the last theatrical entry, coming out in 2010. Eight years later, Johnny Knoxville, co-creator and one of the main stars of the Jackass franchise, says it's possible that we could get Jackass 4 at some point, though if it did happen, it would need to feature new stars. As Knoxville put it:
It's possible, for sure. It's not like we're saying no. If we did do a new one, we'd have to bring in some new younger guys--- just to bring some fresh blood into it. But it's possible.
Since Jackass 3D's release, Johnny Knoxville has kept a foot in the world of dangerous and crazy stunts through 2013's Bad Grandpa and his most recent release, Action Point. But evidently he hasn't ruled out a return to the Jackass world, and as Action Point demonstrates, he's still game for putting himself through pain for the sake of comedy. That said, Knoxville makes a good point about bringing in fresh blood. It's been nearly two decades since the Jackass TV series premiered, and the surviving cast members are in their late 30s or 40s. Obviously they can still be involved, but to draw in new fans, it'd be worth adding some new stars, especially to pull off stunts that are easier to endure in your 20s.
Fortunately, Johnny Knoxville also mentioned during his interview with EW that he has plenty of ideas that could be used for Jackass 4, so it's not like lack of material is an issue. However, Knoxville also mentioned that nowadays he thinks more about how his dangerous antics would affect his friends and family, so even though he might be want to revisit the Jackass world, he also has to take care of himself.
We should also consider if Jackass 4 could experience the same kind of success as its predecessors after nearly a decade. Critically, the three Jackass movies rested comfortably in the 'mixed' area, but commercially, they were quite successful, with Jackass 3D taking in over $171 million worldwide off a $2 million budget. Action Point, on the other hand, has been met with a lot of negative reviews, and it's only made a little over $2 million domestically. Granted, Jackass has the brand recognition, but times have changed, so it's certainly possible audiences might not be as enamored with this sort of insanity as they once were in a theatrical setting.
Rest assured, if Johnny Knoxville and his team decide to join forces for Jackass 4, we here at CinemaBlend will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, you can learn what movies are coming out later this year by looking through our 2018 release schedule.