If you thought the abysmal Rat Race would put an end to those huge, ensemble race-to-get-the-money pieces, think again -- wheels are currently in motion to produce a sequel to the 1963 comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Only this time, it will be called It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World. (Yes, the extra 'MAD' in there should tell you folks are indeed mad about this project happening.)

Producer Ed Bass (Bobby) and Karen Sharpe Kramer (widow to original Mad helmer Stanley Kramer) have teamed up to bring life to the sequel, financing it independently and hell-bent on putting together one of the best ensemble casts of all time ... which includes bringing back some of those from the original who are still alive, mainly Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Carl Reiner, Peter Falk and Jerry Lewis. Story will follow the descendants of the characters from the 1963 pic on a mad dash to find a treasure chest of money after the dough from the original proves to be counterfeit.

Stanley Kramer and Ed Bass originally began planning a sequel back in 1991, but when Kramer became sick everything was put on hold. He passed away in 2001. And then came Rat Race. Ugh. But, apparently, six years is enough time for folks to forget about that film and a sequel is all but certain ... assuming a decent enough cast shows up.

What say you? Good idea? Bad idea?