A sequel to the comedy Borat has been purchased by Amazon Prime and is expected to hit the streaming platform before November's US election.
British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen will reprise his cult favourite role as a bumbling and politically incorrect reporter from Kazakhstan, after nearly 15 years.
The 2006 original, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, grossed more than $260 million (Dh954.9m), winning over critics and spawning endless catchphrases among devoted fans. It even earned an Oscar screenplay nomination.
According to Deadline, the follow-up film was shot covertly with minimal crew as soon as coronavirus restrictions eased this summer in the US and overseas.
The original featured Cohen's fictional journalist blundering across the US in search of cultural enlightenment – with the joke at the expense of Americans, who nevertheless lapped it up at the box office.
The sequel will again focus on Cohen "going undercover to get people to reveal their true selves and their often unflattering biases, with only the slightest provocation", Deadline reports.
The controversial satirist's anarchic, gonzo-style comedy has spawned multiple celebrated television and film characters such as wannabe rapper Ali G and Austrian TV presenter Bruno.
Cohen – who also made the 2012 film The Dictator – was recently seen pranking public figures in the TV series Who is America?
In one memorable scene from the show, Cohen hoodwinked Republican politicians into endorsing a made-up plan to train preschoolers in how to fire a gun, although the show drew mixed reviews.
Sarah Palin, former vice-presidential nominee and ex-Alaska governor, slammed the comedian's "evil, exploitive, sick 'humour'".
Cohen plays a leading role in Aaron Sorkin's Oscar-tipped drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, streaming on Netflix next month.