Borat 2 is coming. Earlier this year, many wrongly assumed Sacha Baron Cohen was secretly filming episodes of his Showtime show, Who Is America?, but he was actually filming a sequel to his 2006 pop culture phenomenon, Borat. The sequel now even has a release date and a long-winded title, Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan.
Baron Cohen’s character couldn’t be returning at a better (or worse?) time. Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to the film. For Cohen, it was important the movie came out before the election so streaming was his primary option. Amazon will stream the movie at the end of October in 240 countries, with a U.S. release slated for October 23rd.
The sequel was the first movie shot during the COVID-19 shutdown. After productions were allowed to resume shooting with tighter restrictions, Cohen and a small crew got together to quickly produce the comedy. Much is still unknown about the movie, including who directed it. Larry Charles, known for his work on HBO shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, directed the first movie. It’s unknown if he returned for the sequel.
Earlier this year Cohen made some noise for himself at a rally. When the actor shoots a project in-character out in the world, he manages to keep his identity and project to himself. Not this time. Back in June, Cohen crashed a right-wing rally in disguise.
At the March for Our Rights Rally in Olympia, Washington, Cohen’s character was a “sponsor” and sang a racist song at the event. The artist got the crowd to sing along before he ran off the grounds. “Disguised as a PAC out of Southern California, paid for the stage setup and musical entertainment. Came on stage disguised as the lead singer of the last band, singing a bunch of racist, hateful, disgusting shit,” Yelm City Councilman James Connor Blair wrote on Facebook after the incident. “His security blocked event organizers from getting him off the stage or pulling power from the generator. After the crowd realized what he was saying, and turned on him, his security then rushed the stage and evacuated them to a waiting private ambulance that was contracted to be their escape transport.”
Cohen found himself in hot water during the filming of the Borat sequel, perhaps risking his life more than once or twice. The actor had to wear a bulletproof vest during filming. Cohen always goes to great, dangerous lengths to get a laugh.
Collider first learned about the Borat sequel when CAA Media Finance began showing the sequel to buyers and looking for a distribution deal. 20th Century Fox released the original movie. Now, that studio is owned by Disney, so it’s unlikely a Borat 2 would’ve been released by that kid-friendly studio, especially during a pandemic. For Cohen, the sequel had to come out before the election, so Amazon along with other major streaming services were all interested.
Cohen is back as Kazakhstan’s Borat Sagdiyev, a character who revealed ignorance and xenophobia in most places he went in America. It was an incredible performance that brought out comedy gold, hate, and ignorance in bystanders. For years, Cohen and audiences presumed Cohen could never bring the character back for a sequel. Borat is too recognizable. That’s why, allegedly, Borat is in disguise in the movie. The story follows him as he’s more famous than ever after the release of 2006 smash hit, so he dressed up as characters to walk freely among Americans. It’s Cohen playing Borat who’s playing other characters.
Starting October 23rd, Amazon prime members can stream Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan.