Sequels always have to be bigger and better. For Night at the Museum 2, all Ben Stiller asks is that it be funnier. Writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are working on the sequel, following boss’s orders.
“Before we started Night at the Museum 2, you go through and you pitch your thing and you go to the studio and the director and everybody okays it, and then they asked for what [Stiller] he wanted out of Night at the Museum 2,” said Garant. “A lot of actors would really send you a phone book of what they wanted out of it. What he said was, ‘Just make it funnier than the first one. I just want it be funnier.’ He’s like, ‘Well, this scene with the basketball, don’t you think we can do better than a basketball scene, guys?'”
The plot details are still under wraps, but the boys promise a return to the original museum with all the characters, including the old guards, before the adventure continues. “There are a couple major new characters,” added Lennon. “Two at least very major new characters.”
The writers feel no pressure at the box office, though they are aware of how much 20th Century Fox is counting on the sequel. Lennon said, “Certainly I know everyone at Fox, in fact we were told going into it, ‘This is the number one priority for the Fox studio, for Newscorp this year.’