They're rebooting the Ernest franchise with SON OF ERNEST, know what I mean, Vern?

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Pack your bags, and make sure you kiss your kids goodnight tonight, people. It will probably be the last time. Turns out those pesky apocalypse predicting Mayans had it right all along: The world really is about to end.

How do I know? Simple, they’re making another Ernest movie.

Some of the young ‘uns around these parts probably have no idea who Ernest P. Worrell is, so allow me to do a quick (but painful –  at least for me, I was never a fan) refresher, with this little snippet from 1998’s Ernest in the Army, the last Ernest film to be made.

Lead actor Jim Varney passed away in 2000, but film studios have never let a little thing like death get in the way of profit. Which is why Variety is reporting that Ruckus Films is looking to reboot the comedy series now.

The reboot will be produced by the character’s creator John Cherry (who originally created him for an ad campaign, before he got so famous that he spun off into more mainstream media), and a script focusing on Ernest’s long lost son is being penned by Dan Ewen. A new poster for the reboot – spoofing The Bourne Legacy – was revealed, as well as Ewen making this statement about the reboot:

“Ernest was this plucky little engine that could — against all odds. Ernest struck a nerve, one we’re going to revisit. We plan to honor the originals and Jim Varney while birthing a new chapter that lies somewhere between not sucking and Earth-shatteringly funny.”

No word yet on release dates or casting.

Last Updated: October 17, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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