Amazon Studios acquires Borat sequel, Sets October premiere
After rumors began swirling early this summer that the Oscar-nominated writer/star was working on a sequel to his 2006 hit, it’s now been confirmed that Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat sequel and has set it for a late October premiere date, according to Deadline.
Though plot details are currently being kept under wraps, the sequel subtitled Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan, will reportedly follow the Kazakh journalist as he goes undercover to interview people after getting recognition following the release of the original film.
Baron Cohen kept the production of the film way below the radar, hoping to have the film ready in time to release before Election Day to help suade American audiences to properly vote in the forthcoming Presidential election, only to see word leak shortly after it wrapped that CAA Media Finance had screened it for possible distributors in search of a deal. With original studio, Fox Searchlight Pictures, being absorbed by Disney in the studio merger and theatrical releases still not entirely viable with the pandemic still underway, the 48-year-old writer/star and Amazon Studios elected to release it on Amazon Prime to reach a wide audience and get the message out in time for voting with its October 23 bow.
In Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Sacha Baron Cohen – star of HBO’s hit comedy “Da Ali G Show,” takes his outrageous Kazakhstani reporter character Borat to the big screen. In this hilariously offensive movie, Borat travels from his primitive home in Kazakhstan to the U.S. to make a documentary. On his cross-country road-trip, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences.
The film also featured Ken Davitan as the producer Azamat Bagatov, Luenell as Luenell the prostitute, and Pamela Anderson as herself along with politicians Alan Keyes and Bob Barr.
Borat was directed by Larry Charles from a script written by Cohen, Anthony Capobianco, Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer based on a story by Cohen, Baynham, Anthony Hines and Todd Phillips. The film was produced by Cohen and Jay Roach.
Since its release in 2006, the film earned positive reviews from critics and was also a box office hit with a worldwide gross of more than $260 million. It also earned numerous nods including: 2 Golden Globe nominations with Cohen winning the Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy Award; and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.