Would you want to see an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind sequel? While the movie first released all the way back in 2004, it remains one of the most popular sci-fi movies around. Now, insider Daniel Richtman has told his Patreon that he has heard Jim Carrey wants to make an Eternal Sunshine sequel.
Do we believe this one? There are a few things that mean you might want to take this one with more than a few grains of salt. For one thing, Daniel Richtman has claimed he has heard Jim Carrey wants to make a whole lot of sequels right now. For another thing, it’s been a long time since the first movie. While maybe Jim Carrey said somewhere in passing that he would be up for an Eternal Sunshine sequel, it’s hard to believe that enough of the other talent on that movie would be interested in returning at this point.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2 would also be a big change of heart for Jim Carrey. While he has starred in many popular films, he has been famously avoidant of sequels. He did participate in Dumb & Dumber, To and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. However, neither project lived up to the heights of the originals. He stayed far away from the sequel to Bruce Almighty, despite the first movie’s success and the determination of others to make a second movie.
Most major movie stars, especially today, are big on sequels. With a built-in audience from the first movie, a franchise is a good way to assure success. When asked why he steers clear, Jim Carrey said, “I find sequels are a function of commerce for the most part. At least the two I’ve done, they were characters I enjoyed doing, but I did find myself almost parroting myself at that point. When you put 10 years between you and the last time you did it, suddenly you’re going, ‘How did I do that again?’… So, you’re imitating your original inspiration. It was super fun with Jeff, but I’m not a crazy sequel guy.”
If Jim Carrey were going to change his mind and make sequels, would Eternal Sunshine be the best project to do that with? Carrey and others who worked on the project continue to be interviewed about the making of that film. Ideas have been thrown around over the years, including a Broadway adaptation. Director and co-writer of the movie, Michael Gondry, once said he believed his co-writer Charlie Kaufman had an idea for a sequel, but that’s as much as has ever been said about that.
In 2016, there were developments happening for an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind television series. It didn’t get very far in development. Neither Jim Carrey or anyone else who worked on the movie were reportedly involved in the project.
So why Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and why now? If we believe the rumors, maybe Jim Carrey sees an opportunity to do a follow-up to one of his more serious films. Or maybe he’s been nostalgic lately and reconsidering the idea of sequels altogether. Whatever the case, without any of the other talent involved making comments on this project, it may not be time to get excited about the possibility of a sequel yet.