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Borat 2, the stealth sequel to British comic Sacha Baron Cohen’s hit 2006 mockumentary Borat, has landed at Amazon Studios.
The original Borat movie, also known as Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, pulled in just over $262 million for 20th Century Fox.
The Borat sequel, shot and produced in secret in recent months and set to bow on Amazon Prime in late October, had been expected to launch on a streamer ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.
At one point, Universal provided assistance to Cohen because of its relationship to the filmmaker, but the movie belongs to him, according to sources.
Political overtones for Borat 2 are expected after Cohen in June made a secret appearance at a conservative rally in Washington state, where he encouraged attendees to sing along to racially insensitive lyrics.
The comedian and performance artist, also known for playing cinematic characters like Ali G and Bruno, had gone quiet in the pranks department since his 2018 Showtime series Who Is America?
That political satire series saw Cohen tackle American identity by duping politicians and pundits, including Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential run, former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, former Alabama Rep. Jason Spencer (who resigned after his controversial appearance), former California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.
The 2006 Borat comedy portrayed Borat Sagdiyev, a gangly, gray-suited journalist working for Kazakhstan’s state-run TV network, who took his mangled English and die-hard prejudices to America to make a documentary about life in the U.S. of A.
CAA Media Finance brokered the deal for Borat 2 with Amazon.
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