Remember Ernest P. Worrell, Jim Varney’s clumsy know-it-all redneck character from countless commercials and feature films and made “Know-what-I-mean, Vern?” a household phrase? Well, despite Varney’s death in 2000, the crew behind the movies is planning on bringing the character back.
Variety reports that Ruckusfilm is launching a reboot titled Son of Ernest, which will follow the misadventures of Ernest’s long-lost son. Dan Ewen, who has penned two scripts that are currently in development, is writing the script and two of the guys behind the scenes of the original Ernest movies, John Cherry and Coke Sams, are producing.
As someone who openly admits to enjoying the ridiculous cheesy fun of the Ernest movies, I’m not sure how to feel about this. However, it seems like Ewen has good intentions for keeping the legacy of Varney’s character alive with Son of Ernest. “Ernest struck a nerve, one we’re going to revisit,” said Ewen. “We plan to honor the originals and Jim Varney while birthing a new chapter that lies somewhere between not sucking and Earth-shatteringly funny.”