This next comedic collection of ridiculousness, bad taste, and stealth-cleverness will probably be titled Jackass: Bad Grandpa or some variation thereof. We know this because, as reported by Fusible, on June 5th Paramount registered a bunch of domain names, all of which include Jackass, and many of which contain either 4 and/or Bad Grandpa.
The studio has yet to officially announce any movement on a fourth Jackass, but domain registration is actually a pretty reliable indicator. Way back in October of last year, for example, Sony's registration of Skyfall domain names gave away the title of the 23rd James Bond movie well before it was made official. So while nothing is confirmed, the list of newly registered domains below makes another round of jackassery seem quite probable:
Bad Grandpa refers to Irving Zissman, a combative elderly fellow who is, in fact, lead jackass Johnny Knoxville in elaborate old man makeup. Zissman, who has shown up in all three Jackass movies, goes to a very public place doing something wholly inappropriate, such as defecating, seemingly giving alcohol to a minor, or very lasciviously kissing a young woman who purports to be his granddaughter. Passersby take note and hilarity ensues.
To see a sample of Zissman's antics from Jackass: Number Two, see the not-safe-for-work video at the bottom of the page, which includes the confidently delivered but imbecilic rejoinder, "Yeah, we'll go around the block...We'll go around the block and see your mother." To see a thoroughly NSFW sing-along to everyone's favorite Peaches song by Irving and critically-lauded director/Jackass producer Spike Jonze as old lady Gloria, click here. Again, don't do that if you're easily offended or around anyone who is. Seriously.
Plenty of people are probably appalled that this franchise could go to a fourth movie, but from Paramount's perspective, it makes perfect sense. The comedies are very cheap to create, and the three previous installments have grossed more than $334 million globally, with each sequel making more than the last. 2010's Jackass 3-D actually earned more than the first two films combined. Also, the stuff is funny.
Presumably, series director Jeff Tremaine will be back, along Johnny Knoxville, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna, Ehren "Danger Ehren" McGhehey, Bam Margera, and Margera's long-suffering parents, April and Phil. The requisite weird celebrity cameos should be expected, too, with Rip Taylor once again happily dashing confetti about. After his death in a car accident last year, Jackass: Bad Grandpa will lamentably have to do without Ryan Dunn.
Stay tuned for more updates on if and when the next Jackass can be expected at a theater near you.