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It has been ten years since Adam McKay's Step Brothers debuted in theaters, and the story of Dale (John C. Reilly) and Brennan (Will Ferrell) remains a modern comedy classic for many fans of the genre. The movie ends with the promise of more adventures for the maladjusted men, leading some to wonder if Step Brothers 2 could ever happen. Insiders have chimed in on the topic over the years, and Kathryn Hahn recently addressed the possibility and noted that it could definitely work because of how flexible the Step Brothers brand is. The Bad Moms star explained:
There's zero plot really in that movie anyway, you could do anything and call it a sequel. Anything [at all] and just have that group of people... [and] I would do it in a heartbeat.
She kind of has a point. The original Step Brothers felt built mainly on improv between its main ensemble of actors, and it was not a particularly narrative-driven film. If Adam McKay wanted to get the gang back together for another movie, there would be a lot of flexibility and room for comedy. All they would really need to do is wind up Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Adam Scott, and all of the rest of the cast, and it would take care of itself. It's an interesting prospect, and as Kathryn Hahn noted in her recent chat with ET, she would quickly involve herself in the process if it ever gets that far, ideally to do a story that returns to the (fucking) Catalina Wine Mixer.
If you are a fan of the original Step Brothers, then it should be reasonably easy to get behind the possibility of Kathryn Hahn coming back as Alice Huff. Just look at one of her best (and very NSFW) scenes from the movie, below!
Of course, we should also take the time to point out that ideas for a possible Step Brothers sequel have been suggested in the decade since the first film debuted on the big screen. For example, during the recent promotional campaign for Daddy's Home 2, Will Ferrell spoke out and noted that the team behind the original film has toyed with the possibility of doing a sequel involving Dale and Brennan as they go to live at a retirement home.
With all of that said, we may need to wait quite a while before we see Step Brothers 2. During an interview with CinemaBlend earlier this year, Director Adam McKay specifically noted that the follow-up to the 2008 comedy could wait on the grounds that the potential for comedy doesn't diminish as Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly age. Many people are interested in making Step Brothers 2, but it doesn't sound like a priority.
At this point, it's anyone's guess as to whether or not Step Brothers 2 will happen. If nothing else, it's comforting to know that the folks who were involved in the original movie seem interested in coming back if the stars ever align. Until then, make sure to head over to our 2018 movie premiere guide to see what other films are coming to theaters this year.