That picture of The Dude up there pretty much characterizes the disappointment felt by The Big Lebowski fans everywhere today. The Internet, once again proving that some things just aren’t funny, toyed with the delicate emotions of Dude-fans everywhere when it errantly reported that a sequel to the cult film is in the works.
CBS Los Angeles reported that a sequel was in the works (though they blamed the Examiner for the initial rumors) before backpedaling their assertion and apologizing for the “Big” letdown. The story actually originally came from a website called SuperOfficialNews (which sounds totally legit) in which they cite “The Ass Press” as their source. The faux-film would have marked the return of Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore, as well as newcomers Jesse Eisenberg as the Dude’s son “Mark Lebowski” (also the youngest U.S. Congressman) and Bill Murray as the main antagonist “Bavarian Illuminati,” whose evil corporate plot would shut down the bowling alley that Dude and Walter frequented in the first film.
The film was to be titled The Big Lebowski 2: The Dude Goes To Washington, and would have been released in the summer of 2015.
Wow. After absorbing all of that, I think I would have ended up passing on Big Lebowski 2: Electric Boogaloo. Good thing well-enough is being left alone after all.
Movieline noted that Big Lebowski sequel rumors are unceremoniously crushed every time they come up by none other than the original film’s brain-trusts, Joel and Ethan Coen. Tara Reid once said she was working on a Lebowski sequel, causing the Coens to publicly humiliate her. “I’m glad she’s working on it,” joked Ethan.
Don’t get your hopes up, kiddos. Why would you even want a sequel? The original is perfect!
Here’s one of the film’s best scenes, presented in HD for your pleasure: