'Ernest' Lives On in Upcoming Franchise Reboot

Jim Varney may have passed on several years ago, but the legacy of his most well-known on-screen character endures.

Variety reports that Ruckusfilm is launching a reboot of Varney's Ernest P. Worrell character in Son of Ernest.

Newcomer Dan Ewen has been chosen to write the screenplay and will also produce. Aside from the film centering on Ernest's long-lonst son, plot details are being kept under wraps. Early discussions are also underway to character the lead.

"Ernest was this plucky little engine that could – against all odds, " Ewen said. "Ernest struck a nerve, one we're going to revisit. WE plan to honor the originals and Jim Varney while birthing a new chapter that lies somewhere between not sucking and Earth-shatteringly funny."

No start date has been announced, although you really have to ask yourself, how excited can one get about an Ernest franchise reboot. Know what I mean?

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