If the return of Borat to our screens had you excited for another round of “my wife” jokes, well, you may need to recalibrate on that one. As facts begin to surface about the sequel we never knew we needed, it’s starting to look as though Borat 2, or officially Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan may see the beloved Kazakh reporter as more volatile and weaponised than kooky and silly.
Either way, word on the Hollywood street is we’ll find out for ourselves as soon as October 23rd, with Amazon Prime Video securing the rights to the premiere, opening it up to all countries with access to the streaming platform.
The logistics behind pulling off such a tight turnaround are challenging even without a global pandemic. According to Deadline’s sources, work on Borat 2 began the moment that restrictions eased, with Sacha Baron Cohen, and the project at large scoring union approval to get back to it backed by the small and dedicated team needed to pull off such ridiculous antics.
And ridiculous looks to very much be on the cards. Other sources have confirmed that, where as in the original, 2006’s Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan saw Cohen put himself into some funny, albeit awkward situations, this time around he put himself in life threatening situations (at times requiring a bullet proof vest), It’s believed to be all in the name of going undercover to expose, and take the piss out of, the GOP.
It’s more than likely his confirmed outing earlier in the year as a fake bluegrass singer trolling a MAGA festival will pertain to the film.
Considering the original made $US262 million off a shoe string budget, it’s no surprise that Cohen is getting the ‘yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir’ treatment for the sequel, especially given the overwhelmingly high forecast of more political scalps to be claimed (à la Cohen’s Who Is America?) at such a critical point in our history.
Amazon Prime Video is available in Australia, for those yet to treat themselves.