Fresh from the success of their most recent feature-length instalment, Jackass Forever, Johnny Knoxville & Co are returning to the small screen for a brand new Jackass series that’ll stream on Paramount+.
“Based on the success of Jackass Forever, we’re working with the original creators to continue the partnership with a new series, bringing even more ridiculous antics straight to Paramount+,” Paramount Global CEO Bob Bakish revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call.
For reference, the fourth entry in the side-splitting movie franchise raked in over US$80 million / AU$112.5 million against a US$10 million / AU$14 million budget, which apparently surprised the boardroom suits. Bakish states the upcoming Jackass reboot will represent the first project to come from a Paramount Global initiative to launch television spin-offs on its platform that leverage earlier theatrical success.
While we can certainly expect the classic members to saddle up for a few more R-rated shenanigans – including Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, and Preston Lacy – this may very well serve as a transition towards retirement for the OGs. Or at least… one particular OG.
Earlier this year, ahead of Jackass Forever’s release, Knoxville expressed a desire to pass the torch and let a new generation of pranksters and mad stuntmen/stuntwomen put their bodies on the line for giggles, i.e. Rachel Wolfson, Sean “Poopies” McInerney, Jasper Dolphin, etc.
“Those [stunts] were big, and could end as badly – or worse,” Johnny Knoxville tells Variety; referencing a pretty dicey hit he sustained from a bull during production.
“I’ve done enough. I don’t have anything to prove. I have kids to raise. That’s the most important thing.”
Currently, there’s no word on a confirmed release date for Paramount+’s brand new Jackass series. In the meantime, however, we’ll be able to check out some extra footage from the making of Jackass Forever – dubbed Jackass 4.5 – which is scheduled to arrive on Netflix later this month (May 20th).