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Extra ‘Jackass’ footage lays new release plan

Fri., Oct. 22, 2010

Worried that you’ll have to wait a few years for the next collection of antics from Johnny Knoxville and the “Jackass” crew?

Don’t fret – it will likely be only a few months.

After the blockbuster opening of “Jackass 3-D,” which sold $50.4 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada last weekend, Paramount Pictures is considering what to do with a wealth of material that didn’t make the initial cut.

“We shot two movies’ worth of footage,” says Knoxville. “We have so many bits that we never even turned in to Paramount because we were so swamped with ideas – funny stuff.”

Paramount had been planning to use the extra footage for an online follow-up similar to “Jackass 2.5,” which hit the Web three months after “Jackass Number Two” was released in theaters in September 2006.

But “Jackass 3-D” was a much bigger hit than expected, with 92 percent of opening-weekend box office revenue coming from theaters with 3-D screens (a regular 2-D version also was released).

As a result, the studio is considering a second theatrical release, which unlike a DVD or Internet version would let fans see the footage in 3-D.

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