Pineapple Express 2?
First and foremost, congratulations to Seth Rogen. He’s officially the first person tagged twice one Movie Chutzpah. I’m sure he’s honored — after all it’s a very prestigious accomplishment.
Moviehole recently got a chance to sit down with Rogen, and, of course, they chatted about his upcoming action/comedy, the super-anticipated “Pineapple Express.” The movie has people wondering why there’s never been a whodunnit/shoot-’em-up stoner flick before, especially after the now-infamous Red Band trailer featuring M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” swept across the interwebs like a bat at of Hell.
What I found interesting about this particular interview was Rogen’s willingness to discuss a potential sequel, even though the flick isn’t opening until Aug. 8.
Rogen says they’re definitely considering a sequel … (“Pineapple Express”), it’s not a precious coming-of-age story like Superbad, it’s a weed action-movie and if it did well, and they gave us like $50 million dollars (as opposed to the $26M we got for this one) we could benefit from that.”
An R-rated, action/comedy/stoner movie. Huh.
I think it’s going to be a great movie, a definite possibility for best summer comedy. But this project doesn’t strike me as having a whole lot of mass appeal. With an R-rating, it’s already missing out on a huge movie-going audience, while potentially alienating the elder crowd with its crude humor. But hey, “Superbad” had a myriad fuckwords and it made over $169 million worldwide.
I’m really interested in seeing if this movie can generate enough income to warrant a sequel. It’s got a lot against it, but that whole Apatow/Rogen/Jonah Hill crowd has been able to bank on these potty-mouth comedies, so maybe it will pay off for this, too.
Also bedded in the Moviehole interview has a one-line quote about a potential “Superbad” franchise.
“They’re been wanting us to do a sequel to Superbad for so long – but we’ve held off. We eventually said No.”
I am so happy that Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg stuck to their guns on this one. “Superbad” is truly one of our generations best comedies. It’s got heart, which is sorely absent in most of the mindless, fart-joke comedies being pumped out now-a-days. Rogen and Goldberg poured themselves into that near-perfect script, and to try and squeeze a few dollars out of a new movie would mean bastardizing their Dream Movie, “Superbad.” I love “Superbad,” as I know a lot of you do, but no matter how good of an initial idea a sequel may seem, I think it’s incredibly smart of them to leave it as-is.
If you haven’t seen the previously mentioned Red Band for “Pineapple Express,” check it out here: