If you were around during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, chances are that you were subjected to one of the many films in the Ernest franchise. Played by the late Jim Varney, Ernest was a slow-witted slapstick figure that showed up movies like Ernest Goes to Camp, Ernest Saves Christmas, and Ernest in the Army. The character was a sensation for a time, but after Varney died, we were pretty sure that we saw the last of him.
But raising the dead in Hollywood has become a weekly occurrence and Variety is now reporting that the franchise could get new life in a movie titled Son of Ernest from Ruckusfilm and Ernest creator John Cherry. No plot details exist at this time except for the obvious hook of the movie centering on the character’s son.
“Ernest was this plucky little engine that could — against all odds,” Son of Ernest writer Dan Ewen told the site. “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.”
Just sit back and bask in the knowledge that somewhere out there, someone is working on a new Ernest movie.