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There was meant to be a Bruce Almighty film where Jim Carrey got Satan’s powers

Charisa Bossinakis

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There was meant to be a Bruce Almighty film where Jim Carrey got Satan’s powers

There was meant to be a Bruce Almighty film titled Brucifer where Jim Carrey gets Satan’s powers.

According to the SYFY Wire, the film would have followed TV reporter Bruce Nolan (played by Carey), where things would’ve taken a drastic turn since he gained God's abilities in the first film.

Screenwriter Mark O’Keefe told the outlet: "It was going to be the Trials of Job, essentially.

Credit: Universal Pictures/Buena Vista International
Credit: Universal Pictures/Buena Vista International

"The world had not gone his way since he was God. Everything was great for a while; he was married and it all fell apart. He was once again questioning everything and then got a different way to solve things."

Ultimately, Bruce would have been granted the powers of Satan, which would have seen him resurrect one of the original film’s most beloved characters - Grace, played by Jennifer Aniston.

While the screenwriters wanted to bring Bruce’s girlfriend back, Carey insisted that Grace return initially as a rotting corpse.

Steve Koren, who developed the story alongside O’Keefe, said: “I remember when we pitched it, he [Carey] was laughing his a** off.

"Because we had her come back as Jennifer Aniston. He said, ‘No, she has to look like a zombie first and then we'll make her beautiful again.’ We thought that was brilliant."

Credit: Universal Pictures/Buena Vista International
Credit: Universal Pictures/Buena Vista International

But what ultimately happened to the scrapped threequel?

The screenwriters told the outlet that while they pitched the idea to Universal Pictures around 2010, but the duo failed to get the film up and running.

Perhaps due to the box office failure of 2007’s Evan Almighty, which earned USD $174 million (AUD $263.3m or £147.1m), barely breaking even with a USD $175 million (AUD $264.8m or £97.7m) budget.

"His [Carey] manager and him wanted to do Brucifer," Koren said.

"We went in and pitched it, but it never quite worked out, because it was later on … It would have been another giant movie and I don’t think they wanted to do it. It just didn’t work out for some reason, but a lot of people loved it, including Jim."

While Universal Pictures didn’t seem to love the idea, maybe in the age of streaming, Koren and O’Keefe could pitch Brucifer to the small screen?

Netflix, Prime Video, Stan, I’m looking at you.

Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures/Buena Vista International

Topics: News, TV and Film, Celebrity, Jim Carrey

Charisa Bossinakis
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