“American Pie 4″ now has a director. Actually, that’s directors: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the guys behind the stoney “Harold & Kumar” series. It was revealed in February that Universal was planning a return to the series, hoping to nab Hurwitz and Schlossberg for “a new take on the franchise.”
The “American Pie” series has seen three theatrical releases and a string of direct-to-video follow-ups. Universal’s plan is for Hurwitz and Schlossberg to work out a story that follows the events of “American Wedding,” the third theatrical release in the series. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the duo are currently writing a script and there’s strong interest on both Universal’s and the original actors’ parts to reunite as much of the cast as possible.
This is also unfortunate news for “Harold & Kumar” fans, since it means that Hurwitz and Schlossberg won’t be helming the upcoming third movie in that series, “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.” Todd Strauss-Schulson, a relative newcomer to high-profile Hollywood fare, will step in to helm “Christmas” in their place. The good news is that Kal Penn, the actor who’s been working in the Obama administration as the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, will leave that job to reprise his role.
Harold actor John Cho recently confirmed to Collider.com that the “Christmas” script is in. He said the story is set some time after the events of the second movie and that there’s some plan to bring Neil Patrick Harris back, despite the fact (*SPOILER ALERT*) that he was killed in “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.” THR also confirms that one idea for the under-wraps story involves Harris’ return.
Strauss-Schulson served as a writer and director on season three of “MTV Whatever Things,” a series on MTV Southeast Asia. He got the “Harold & Kumar” gig after impressing Mandate Pictures with his take on the franchise. Hurwitz and Schlossberg will still have their say, however — Strauss-Schulson will be working off of a script penned by the duo.
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