The scrapped sequel to Bruce Almighty would have given Jim Carrey the power of Satan

It’s been almost two decades since the premiere of Bruce Almighty, 2003 surprise comedy directed by Jim Carrey. The film, the latest collaboration between Carrey and Ace Ventura and Liar liar director Tom Shadyac, had a unique approach to religion and theology, with Bruce Nolan getting the powers of God (Morgan Freeman) from Carrey. The film was a financial success and eventually spawned a 2007 sequel directed by Steve Carrell Evan Almighty — but it sounds like its future almost looked very different. In a recent interview with SYFY WIRE, screenwriters Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe revealed that they initially pitched a sequel to the film on opening night, tentatively titled Brucifer, which would have given Bruce the powers of Satan. The idea received support from Carrey and was not pitched to Universal Pictures until 2010, but ultimately failed to materialize.

“He and his manager wanted to do it bruciferKoren revealed. “We went in and pitched it, but it never quite worked out, because it was later… It would have been another huge movie and I don’t think they wanted to do it. For some reason it just didn’t work out, but a lot of people loved it, including Jim.”

As Koren and O’Keefe revealed, the incendiary incident for Bruce’s turn to hell would have involved his wife, Grace (Jennifer Aniston), who was murdered – then returned in a manner not unlike An American werewolf in London.

“You tend to lose your faith when the world seems unfair, and that’s what got him,” Koren explained. “It came from a serious angle, but we were going to write it in a really friendly way. We certainly didn’t want to depress people. So I think that was scared [the studio] a little bit, but to Jim’s credit, he totally understood that we were going to make a big comedy and thought everyone would get something out of it.

“I remember when we pitched it he was laughing his ass off,” Koren continued. “Because we had her come back as Jennifer Aniston. He said, ‘No, she has to look like a zombie first and then we’ll make her pretty again.’ We thought that was brilliant.”

“It was essentially going to be the Trials of Job,” O’Keefe added. “The world hadn’t run its course since he was God. Everything was great for a while; he was married and it all fell apart. He questioned everything again and then got another way of working things out.” O’Keefe describes further brucifer as “the most cost-effective sequel imaginable”, given how they intended Beelzebub to be played by either Freeman or Carrey himself. “Completely different themes of course, but the beats are enjoyed by everyone.”

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