A sequel to 2003’s Bruce Almighty and 2007’s Evan Almighty could have seen Jim Carrey return to inherit the malevolent powers of the Devil instead of the righteous power of God. Bruce Almighty’s screenwriters Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe pitched this movie, called “Brucifer,” to Universal, but it didn’t take off.
Koren and O’Keefe said syfy they brought the idea to Universal in 2010, and it was too late. That’s because the 2007 sequel-like film Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell, was a flop. Carrey and his manager were said to be interested in making Brucifer, but Universal apparently balked at the idea because it would have been a “giant” and presumably expensive production.
“We went in and pitched it, but it never quite worked out, because it was later… It would have been another giant movie and I don’t think they wanted to do it,” Koren said. “It just didn’t work for some reason, but a lot of people loved it, including Jim.”
As for the story, Bruce would have assumed the powers of the devil after his wife, played by Jennifer Aniston in 2003, died. Bruce loses faith due to the loss of his wife and turns evil.
“It came from a serious place, but we were going to write it in a very friendly way. We certainly didn’t want to bring people down. So I think it scared [the studio] a little bit, but to Jim’s credit, he fully understood that we were going to make a great comedy and he thought everyone would connect with it.”
Also in the interview, Koren and O’Keefe revealed more details about the original Bruce Almighty and said they also considered Jim Breuer, Chris Farley and Will Ferrell for the role of Bruce. As to why the character is named Bruce, O’Keefe said that he and Koren were huge fans of Bruce Springsteen, and that’s it.
Bruce Almighty is broadcasting on Peacock. It also stars Morgan Freeman as God and Steve Carell as Bruce’s competitor newscaster Evan. The film grossed close to $500 million against a budget of $80 million.
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