2003’s Bruce Almighty was a runaway smash hit at the box office. The film followed Jim Carrey as a man who got the powers of being God from God himself, played by Morgan Freeman.
In 2007, Steve Carrell starred in a sequel of Bruce Almighty, titled Evan Almighty. The sequel saw both Carrell and Morgan Freeman returning, but did not find Jim Carrey returning as Bruce.
However, there is an alternate universe in which this almost happened.
Right after the first film came out in 2003, Steve Koren and Mark O’Keefe started shopping around the idea for a sequel, that would’ve seen Carrey losing his faith in religion after the death of Jennifer Anniston’s character. By then, we’d see him take on the powers of another biblical figure: Lucifer. The film’s title? Brucifer.
They shopped the idea around in 2010, but after Evan Almighty underperformed at the box office, Universal wasn’t interested. Carrey, however, was very much on board.
“His manager and him wanted to do Brucifer,” Koren told SyFy Wire. “We went in and pitched it, but it never quite worked out, because it was later on … It would have been another giant movie and I don’t think they wanted to do it. It just didn’t work out for some reason, but a lot of people loved it, including Jim.”
“You tend to lose your faith when the world seems unfair, and that’s what got him,” Koren says of the plot. “It came from a serious place, but we were gonna write it in a very friendly way. We certainly didn’t want to depress people. So I think that scared [the studio] a little bit, but to Jim’s credit, he totally understood that we were going to make a big comedy and thought everybody would connect with it.”
“It was going to be the Trials of Job, essentially,” O’Keefe adds. “The world had not gone his way since he was God. Everything was great for a while; he was married and it all fell apart. He was once again questioning everything and then got a different way to solve things.
It’s a shame this film never happened, because it sounds like it could’ve been amazing!