Every Upcoming Jim Carrey Movie: Is He Really Retiring?

Every Upcoming Jim Carrey Movie: Is He Really Retiring?

Jim Carrey is a certified comedy legend, but he’s announced that he’s retiring, so here are the movies fans can expect to see him appear in going forward. Carrey first honed his craft on the classic sketch comedy series In Living Color, before his jump to the big screen rocketed him to the top of the box office. Carrey’s 1994 was one of the best years for any comic actor in history, with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber all becoming smash hits that have legions of fans even to this day. The comedian has had a prolific career, so the revelation of Jim Carrey’s retirement is unfortunate news. However, Carrey has worked long and hard enough to make the world laugh for quite some time. His upcoming retirement is well deserved. Though, does lead to the question: are there any more upcoming Jim Carrey movies?

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Further hits like Batman Forever, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty would cement Jim Carrey as a commercial draw, while more dramatic turns in films like The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind would also reveal that Carrey was capable of much more than making weird faces, slapstick and talking out of his rear end. Jim Carrey has gone on to have an eventful career, one full of highs and lows (but more ups than downs).

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But, in the last decade or so, Jim Carrey’s acting pace has dropped considerably, and his presence onscreen is now a much less common event than it once was. Carrey has certainly earned a lasting legacy, even if he never works again. However, news of his looming retirement has caused some worry about Jim Carrey’s upcoming movies. He’s been picky about the roles he’s accepted as his retirement looms closer, but that doesn’t mean there’s nowhere to find his specific brand of manic energy.

Jim Carrey Retirement: Is He Really Never Making Another Movie?

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Jim Carrey announced that Sonic 2 might be his final movie before he heads off into retirement. He also explained that he might come back to do another movie. However, it would take a script that he feels is worth the time – his and everyone else’s. Deadline reports that while Carrey was on a press tour to promote Sonic 2, the actor was approached with a quote from Dolly Parton. She expressed interest in Carrey playing the role of her former musical partner Porter Wagoner in a biopic. Jim Carrey’s response was, “Well, that’s a lovely thing, but I’m retiring.” The announcement shocked the audience, but Carrey doubled down saying that he was serious about his retirement. With this in mind, Jim Carrey’s Sonic 2 will probably be his last movie. Carrey went on to say, “I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.” Considering that the actor has had a 39-year career and almost 60 movies/television appearances under his belt, Jim Carrey’s statement rings true.

What’s Jim Carrey Doing Next?

Jim Carrey screaming in court in Liar Liar.

During the same interview, the Batman Forever actor Jim Carrey expressed his growing interest in his own personal and spiritual life. Since Carrey will no longer be appearing on the screen, he’s admitted that he really enjoys painting. “I really like my quiet life and I really like putting paint on canvas,” he said. Mostly, it seems like Carrey will be enjoying a simple life after his retirement. While this means there won’t be any upcoming Jim Carrey movies, he’s had such an expansive career that the comedian should take a well-deserved break. He also mentioned how much he’s been enjoying his spiritual life, now that things have gotten quieter for him career-wise. “I really love my spiritual life and I feel like — and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists,” he continued. So, while there are no more upcoming Jim Carrey movies, people can rest easy knowing that at least Carrey will be enjoying his life post-retirement.

Aleister Arcane

Jim Carrey and Eli Roth are making Aleister Arcane at DreamWorks

Jim Carrey would’ve made another journey into the comic book adaptation realm if he were planning to stay with the development of Aleister Arcane, based on an IDW comic. But his involvement looks less likely now. Written by Steve Niles, the book focuses on the titular local horror host, who after being forced off the air by angry parents, unleashes his wrath upon the town. Jim Carrey was attached to play Arcane, while Hostel’s Eli Roth could still be directing, and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment would produce. That all sounds promising enough – but the problem is that Aleister Arcane was first announced in 2016, and six years later, it’s still stuck in development. There’s been no confirmation that the Eli Roth movie is dead. But after this long without an update, Arcane at least seems to be in some sort of limbo for the time being. Since Jim Carrey’s retirement, it’s doubtful that he’ll remain attached to the project either. Aleister Arcane has been in pre-production purgatory for the past six years. So, while the movie could still happen, Jim Carrey’s retirement likely means Sonic 2 will be his last film.

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Mr. Toy

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Also first announced in 2016, Mr. Toy is a biopic that had planned to feature Jim Carrey as real-life toy guru Marvin Glass, the boss of toy company Marvin Glass & Associates. Glass and company created some absolutely iconic toys, including Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Lite Brite, and the board games Operation and Mousetrap. It would be an interesting serious role for comedian Jim Carrey. Like many high-powered captains of industry, Glass was far from sunshine and roses behind the scenes, though, struggling with depression, paranoia, and a demanding perfectionist streak. A director has never been attached, and sadly, as great a role as this sounds for Carrey, Mr. Toy is also seemingly stuck in development limbo. Like Aleister Arcane, the project was announced with Carrey attached, but it’s been years since any updates occurred. If this film is well and truly dead, it’s a shame, as Carrey would likely have knocked it out of the park. It’s true that Mr. Toy could still be made, but Jim Carrey wouldn’t be a part of the final product.

Will Ace Ventura 3 Ever Happen?

Ace Ventura 3

After more than 25 years since his last adventure, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Jim Carrey appears unlikely to reprise his original signature role: Ace Ventura, the world’s wackiest pet detective. The idea of an Ace Ventura 3 has been floated before, but Carrey was never interested, as he doesn’t often stick with sequels (although changed a little toward the end of his career). While Carrey isn’t confirmed to play Ace, it would be a misstep to move forward on Ace Ventura 3 without him in the lead. Ace Ventura isn’t a character just anyone can play, as his magic is almost entirely down to what Carrey brought to the role. Sonic writers Casey and Miller have been penning this sequel as well, which is still in development and has no projected release date. With Jim Carrey, this could be a nostalgic blast of fun. Without him, it’ll probably be worthless. Given Jim Carrey’s retirement and his distaste for sequels, the actor won’t be appearing in this once-possible project.

Dumb and Dumber For

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Dumb and Dumber For likely won’t involve Jim Carrey moving forward, if it happens at all. At the end of 2014’s Dumb and Dumber To, a potential third film was teased. Since Harry and Lloyd remain dumb as a bag of hammers though, their threequel would actually be called Dumb and Dumber For, doubling down on To’s misspelling and adding an incorrect numbering scheme into the mix. Adding to the ridiculousness, Dumb and Dumber For is teased to arrive in 2034, with another 20-year gap between installments. Sure, Dumb and Dumber For could all just have been a joke, but American Rust actor Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly Brothers have expressed real interest in making a third movie. The biggest sticking point would probably be Jim Carrey himself, who rarely does sequels, has retired, and probably wasn’t pleased with the unenthusiastic reception Dumb and Dumber To got from many fans. The third movie in the Dumb and Dumber franchise probably won’t happen, making Sonic 2 the final upcoming Jim Carrey movie.

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