Half Baked 2: Dave Chappelle and Jim Breuer not returning for DTV sequel

“Abba Zabba, you my only friend!”

Imagine if they made a sequel to it Half baked. Sounds like a slam dunk, right? After all, the original didn’t set the box office on fire, but it probably made a mint on home video. Well, it looks like Universal finally got one Half baked 2 in the mix, but of the original cast, the only person returning is Rachel True, who played love interest Mary Jane. Well, ok, that’s not true. Deadline reports that Harland Williams will have a cameo. So that’s something, right?

All of this begs the question, why twenty-five years later make one Half baked sequel without either Dave Chappelle, an infinitely bigger star now than he was in 1998, or Jim Breuer? Chappelle, I get it – the man is busy and would probably cost millions and millions to get his hands on, but Jim Breuer? Could no one cut the SNL alum a check?

In what should come as no surprise, Half baked 2 comes from Universal’s 1440 Entertainment, which is their low-budget DTV brand. They recently made the two most unlikely sequels/prequels ever, RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned and Blades of 47 Ronin.

Rachel True will join Half baked 2 by Dexter Darden (from The Maze Runner), Moses Storm, Jeff Ross, David Koechner and Frankie Muniz, of all people. It’s directed by Michael Tiddes (filling in for the wildly underrated Tamra Davis) and centers on the Chapelle character’s son. Well, ok then – at least they haven’t replaced Chappelle, but why bother making one Half baked 2 without Chappelle or Breuer?

Funny story – years ago at the Sundance Film Festival, I was having a beer with Tamra Davis (a really cool lady) and mentioned that when I worked at a video store in my youth, we could never keep a copy of Half baked in storage because the stoners who rented it always forgot to return it. I doubt the sequel will have the same staying power.

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