Jim Carrey’s The Truman Show Getting Sequel TV Series?

Andrew Niccol, the writer and co-producer for Jim Carrey's The Truman Show, wants to turn the story into a tv show.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

Throughout his career, Jim Carrey has brought audiences memorable and quotable moments in films like The Mask, Ace Ventura, and Dumb and Dumber, but it was with 1998’s The Truman Show that the actor blurred the lines between comedy, drama, and reality. Now, like so many other hit titles of yesteryear, ScreenRant reveals that the film’s writer, Andrew Niccol has plans to move forward with a sequel television series.

While nothing has yet been set in stone, Niccol is hoping that his pitch will be heard by the powers that be and receive the next chapter that the original story deserves. In his exclusive interview, Niccol admits that along with his idea of forming a TV series from the critically acclaimed film, there’s also “been talk of doing a musical.”

While his pitch doesn’t include Jim Carrey, the writer has a creative and intriguing fresh idea on how to bring The Truman Show to living rooms across the world. His vision centers around a network that hosts a handful of channels with varying subjects.

While the Jim Carrey-led film only centered on his titular character, The Truman Show series would see three different “subjects” all living in New York City – a girl from the Upper East Side, a young man living in Harlem, and another “kid from Chinatown.”

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The Truman Show

Although these are the only examples he gives, Niccol alludes to there being even more characters than that. In his revamp, the characters are never meant to cross paths, but when the girl from the Upper East Side and boy from Harlem meet, they find each other inexplicably drawn together and strike up a romance that the Lord of War scribe says will be a point of contention for “the Network” in the sophomore season.

With a unique outlook on how the series could stray from the original story led by Jim Carrey and spin itself into a franchise, Niccol’s pitch for the TV show sounds like it would be a hit for any network or streamer lucky enough to pick it up.

This idea is only magnified when you look at the critical acclaim that The Truman Show raked in back in 1998. The feature gathered three Academy Award nominations, seven BAFTA nominations (taking home three), and six Golden Globe Award nominations, with Jim Carrey nabbing his first Best Actor award in the latter.

For those who may need a refresher, Jim Carrey led a knockout cast in The Truman Show, a movie about Truman Burbank, your run-of-the-mill guy who comes to discover that his entire life is a lie and that he’s been surrounded by actors the entire time.

With performances from Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Holland Taylor, Paul Giamatti, Natascha McElhone, Brian Delate, and Una Damon, the film not only focused on the main character but also delved into each of the supporting characters and how they dealt with their daily deception.

Creating a sequel to any beloved production can be hit or miss, especially when production doesn’t necessarily plan to bring members of the original cast back. However, even without Jim Carrey, the series follow-up of The Truman Show sounds like it could easily draw in both a new and old fanbase. And, while they’re at it, we’d also love to see the musical.