Get your pouts ready, America, because it's almost time for a second helping of "Blue Steel."

Yes, according to Deadline Hollywood, Paramount is readying 'Zoolander 2,' with star Ben Stiller set to reprise his role as the titular supermodel, who uses such high-octane poses as "Blue Steel" and "Magnum" to dominate the fashion industry -- and save the world.

Considering the cult status that 'Zoolander' has attained since its 2001 debut, a sequel may come as no surprise, but the film has traveled a rocky road to get to this point. As a follow-up to Stiller's surprise 2000 smash 'Meet the Parents,' 'Zoolander' was expected to be a hit, but tepid reviews and unfortunate timing -- the movie debuted less that two weeks after the attacks on Sept. 11 -- caused the movie to limp to a disappointing $45 million domestic in-take. Then, in 2004, 'Zoolander' writer Drake Sather committed suicide, a tragedy followed up in 2007 by co-star Owen Wilson's own highly-publicized suicide attempt.
Get your pouts ready, America, because it's almost time for a second helping of "Blue Steel."

Yes, according to Deadline Hollywood, Paramount is readying 'Zoolander 2,' with star Ben Stiller set to reprise his role as the titular supermodel, who uses such high-octane poses as "Blue Steel" and "Magnum" to dominate the fashion industry -- and save the world.

Considering the cult status that 'Zoolander' has attained since its 2001 debut, a sequel may come as no surprise, but the film has traveled a rocky road to get to this point. As a follow-up to Stiller's surprise 2000 smash 'Meet the Parents,' 'Zoolander' was expected to be a hit, but tepid reviews and unfortunate timing -- the movie debuted less that two weeks after the attacks on Sept. 11 -- caused the movie to limp to a disappointing $45 million domestic in-take. Then, in 2004, 'Zoolander' writer Drake Sather committed suicide, a tragedy followed up in 2007 by co-star Owen Wilson's own highly-publicized suicide attempt.

Still, through the years, 'Zoolander' has slowly built a reputation as a cult classic, as strong DVD and iTunes sales have introduced the film to a new generation of fans weaned on Stiller and Wilson team-ups such as 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' 'Starsky & Hutch' and 'Night at the Museum.' And while no deal is yet in place for Wilson to return as rival model Hansel McDonald -- the article describes the studio as hopeful that a deal can be reached -- current fan favorite Jonah Hill is in discussions to play the villain of the piece.

The movie will also serve as a reunion of sorts for Stiller and 'Tropic Thunder' co-writer Justin Theroux, who are re-teaming to pen the script for 'Zoolander 2.' Still, as any designer will tell you, when it comes fashion, it's not the face behind the camera that matters, it's the face in front of it. And if "Blue Steel" is any indication, this is one film that's ready for its close-up.

Check out the 'Zoolander' short film that started it all, from the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards:


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