“We certainly didn’t want to depress people”: Bruce Almighty Nearly Got a Terrifying Sequel With Jim Carrey Getting the Powers of Lucifer That Scared the Studio

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Do you know what’s unheard of? A Hollywood fanatic who hasn’t seen Bruce Almighty. Jim Carrey’s hilarious on-screen presence combined with Morgan Freeman playing God was enough to make the movie a cult classic. It is still quite difficult for viewers to stifle a laugh while watching the movie.

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Jim Carrey’s Bruce miserably taking on God’s throne made Bruce Almighty quite a fun, light-hearted watch. In the present day, almost every movie is coming out with one sequel after another, while back in the early 00s, sequels weren’t as big a deal as today. This might be why fans didn’t get to see more of Bruce. However, recently the screenwriters of Bruce Almighty revealed that there were talks about giving the movie a part two. A rather twisted part two, may we add.

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A Devil-Centric Sequel for Bruce Almighty

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Jim Carrey as Bruce in Bruce Almighty

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According to Bruce Almighty screenwriters, Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe, actor Jim Carrey almost starred in a possible sequel for the film. However this time, his character would be taking on the powers of the devil himself. Quite a contradiction from the first time, isn’t it? Apparently, both Carrey and his manager were all for the idea when it was pitched to them.

“We went in and pitched it, but it never quite worked out, because it was later on … It would have been another giant movie and I don’t think they wanted to do it. It just didn’t work out for some reason.”

While there is nothing that can be said with certainty as to why the sequel never saw the light of day, it could be because the theme might have been a little too dark for the time. Koren even stated that despite the seriousness of the topic, the sequel would’ve been written and made as a friendly comedy, much like Bruce Almighty itself.

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“We certainly didn’t want to depress people. So I think that scared [the studio] a little bit, but to Jim’s credit, he totally understood that we were going to make a big comedy and thought everybody would connect with it.”

It sure would’ve been interesting to see the team’s take on the whole Lucifer angle. However, it might’ve been a bit too dark for the audience. Unlike today, where projects like Lucifer have brought a new point of view to such themes, it’s uncertain how the viewers would’ve reacted to it back then.

Bruce Almighty Sequel Had Some Dark Plots

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Jim Carrey and Jennifer Anniston in Bruce Almighty

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To refresh your memory, Bruce Almighty ­ended with Bruce reconciling with Grace, the two getting engaged, and Bruce finding his happiness in reporting smaller, simpler stories. The imagined sequel would’ve started with Grace’s death.

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Screenwriters suggested that Bruce, now possessing the powers of Lucifer himself, would use those powers to bring his other half back to life. Adding to this, Carrey presented an idea that Jennifer Anniston’s character would come back to life as a rotten corpse or a zombie and then be made “beautiful again.” The screenwriters were all for Carrey’s creative, yet strange, addition.

 O’Keefe added that the sequel would’ve followed Bruce who had once again found himself at a loss of everything, his marriage included. This would lead to him giving up his beliefs and turning to the devil for help. Well, this would’ve been quite an interesting take on the story, to say the least.

Bruce Almighty is available to stream on Disney+.

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Source: SYFY Wire

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Written by Mishkaat Khan

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Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. She has written over 500 articles for FandomWire. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over the world of the supernatural through books and TV.