The Jackass crew are back for their last rodeo, the fourth film in their highly influential series that started at the turn of the millennium and would go on to sculpt early internet subculture.
The brainchild of director and producer Jeff Tremaine in 2000, it was he who approached Johnny Knoxville for a stunt video to be published for his skateboard magazine Big Brother. The stunt itself featured Knoxville testing out pepper spray, a taser and a 38 calibre gun with a bulletproof vest, alongside future Jackass cast member Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña. It was eventually included in the Big Brother video named Number 2, a film that also included contributors Rick Kosick, Chris Pontius, and Dave England, each of whom would join the Jackass crew.
Tremaine, Knoxville and fellow film director Spike Jonze saw larger potential in this concept so packaged the ‘stunt and prank television programme’ to MTV. Buying the concept, Tremaine added further cast members, skateboarders Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn, as well as Steve-O, Ehren McGhehey and Preston Lacy.
Produced by MTV entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Dickhouse Productions, Jackass Forever will be the fourth instalment in the stunt film franchise, released eleven years after the release of Jackass 3D. It will also be the first of the series to be without Bam Margera, who departed the film in February after breaching the terms of his contract. Jackass Forever will see the inclusion of new cast members including Jasper Dolphin, Rachel Wolfson, Sean ‘Poopies’ McInerney, Zach Holmes, and Eric Manaka.
McInerney, one of the many new cast members, survived a close call with a shark whilst filming a segment for Jackass Forever, having been bitten on the hand during Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’. The professional surfer and performer emotionally reported on his Youtube channel, “There was like, ten sharks around me…I was trying to swim out and I couldn’t. I couldn’t swim out and I knew I got bit…I just got my hand bit. Scariest thing in my life”.
Jackass Forever is scheduled for release on October 22, 2021. Take a look at the crazy new trailer below.