Derek Zoolander and Hansel are so hot right now. The airheaded male models played by
The studio confirmed the long-gestating sequel "Zoolander 2" in splashy, ahem, fashion: During the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week, Stiller and Wilson made surprise in-character runway appearances to close out the proceedings.
The crowd erupted as Stiller appeared in a dark suit and overcoat — giving his best Blue Steel face, naturally — and Wilson showed off some light-blue silk pajamas. The two even got some face time backstage with fashion queen Anna Wintour.
A representative of Valentino told the Los Angeles Times that the top-secret deal has been in the works for months.
Having directed, co-written and starred in the original film, Stiller is directing once again, from a script by
Stiller has been hinting at a "Zoolander" comeback for years, and during that time several of his costars have indicated they'd be game to return, including Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor (Stiller's wife).
While the prospect of a follow-up has long tantalized "Zoolander" fans, it's worth noting the first film was only a modest box-office performer, grossing about $45 million domestically on a $28-million budget, and adding $15 million overseas. Reviews were mixed to positive.
Since then, "Zoolander" has become a cult favorite, no doubt benefiting from frequent TV airings and its own endlessly quotable one-liners. And though it's an undeniably silly comedy, it also offers more than a few trenchant gags about the self-absorbed, superficial side of our contemporary culture.
Now it's time to see what Derek Zoolander has been up to all these years — that is, if the world is ready.