Race is on as pair set sequel to 'Mad World'


"It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" just got a little madder.

Ed Bass, one of the producers behind "Bobby," and Karen Sharpe Kramer, the widow of "Mad World" director Stanley Kramer, have teamed to make a sequel to the comedy classic.

Titled "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World," the film would be, like the 1963 film, a large ensemble movie mixing comics and dramatic actors. The story follows the descendants of the characters from the first movie who are thrust into another madcap chase to find a cache of money after it is revealed that the money found in the first movie was counterfeit.

Bass' relationship with the sequel began in 1991 when he produced the "Mad World" documentary "Something a Little Less Serious" with Stanley Kramer. The two began planning a sequel, but Kramer became ill, and the project was put on hold. Kramer died in 2001.

A sequel was further derailed when Paramount released 2001's "Rat Race," which had a similar concept.

Bass reconnected last year with Karen Sharpe Kramer — who held the rights and had produced a TV remake of her husband's Western classic "High Noon" — when making "Bobby." The Robert F. Kennedy biopic is recently nominated for a SAG Award for best ensemble as well as a Golden Globe for best motion picture drama.

"I wanted to do a follow-up to 'Bobby,' which had a one of the best casts ever assembled, and was wondering what to do next," Bass said. "Then I learned that Bobby (Kennedy) was at the premiere of 'Mad World' back in '63. I said, All right, all the signs are there."

No director is attached, and Bass and Kramer plan to finance the pic independently.

The duo want the sequel to be have an even bigger cast than the original, and they hope to involve actors from the original movie.

"Now is the time to make this picture while members of the original film can still appear in cameos," said Kramer, referring to such cast members as Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Carl Reiner, Peter Falk and Jerry Lewis.

George Barris — the car designer and car customizer behind such famed screen vehicles as the Batmobile, the Monkeemobile and KITT, the car from "Knight Rider" — is designing cars for the movie.