There’s no denying it now, "Joe Dirt 2" is happening ... and precious little has changed. David Spade posted a photo of himself in full costume (wrinkled plaid shirt, gross sideburns and a sinfully long mullet) to Instagram, giving fans their first look at Sir Joseph “Dirte” since the low-rated 2001 comedy.
It was announced in October that Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison company would produce the film along with Spade. Former "Saturday Night Live" writer Fred Wolf then stepped in to direct and co-write this head-scratcher of a sequel. The movie will premiere on the free Internet network, Crackle, sometime in 2015.
The photo is captioned: “Day 1. Lets get this s--- started! #imjoedirt #whatscrappenin.” This isn't the first picture Spade took to get fans excited for the new movie. He previously took a shot of the mullet wig next to a copy of the script, which sports the title "Joe Dirt II: Beautiful Loser." There's no word on whether or not this will be the film's official title.
First look at Joe Dirt 2. Yep, there it is. Drink it in. pic.twitter.com/QvZhIVlMMw
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Despite it being more than a decade since he’s played the character, Spade looks almost exactly the same as he did in the original. Who would have thought Joe Dirt would age well? Then again, the character misses no opportunity in the first film to remind people that his hair is a wig since he was born without the top of his skull.
“I’m beyond stoked that Joe Dirt will finally hit the screens again on Crackle. I’ve been sleeping in this wig for years and it will be nice to wear it in the daytime again,” Spade told Deadline in October. Shooting for the film began Monday on location in Louisiana.
A sequel to “Joe Dirt” was not necessarily something people were clamoring for. The original was neither a commercial success nor failure, making $27 million and costing $17 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Still, with Adam Sandler announcing four new movies on Netflix, Spade quickly followed suit and decided to dust off one of his most beloved (albeit misguided) characters.
The Original “Joe Dirt” focused on a dim-witted southerner who traversed the U.S. hoping to find his parents after they lost/abandoned him at the Grand Canyon when he was little. “Joe Dirt 2” will presumably premiere online on Crackle once it is complete in 2015.