‘Superbad’ Star Re-Teams With Apatow For ‘Imagination’

Mega-producer Judd Apatow has made no secret of the fact that he considers Jonah Hill to be the future of comedy. It’s no surprise, then, that after giving the young comedian roles in “40 Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and next month’s “Superbad,” they’re now revealing plans to indulge their “Pure Imagination.”

“The next two movies I’m going to make are movies that I wrote [and] that Judd and I are producing for Universal and Sony,” the 23-year-old said of his current slate, which includes the previously-announced flick “Middle Child” (“We are finding a director for that,” Hill said), and the new script he’s just about completed.

“It’s called ’Pure Imagination,'” he said of the film, in which he’ll also star. “Basically, I go through a bunch of traumatic stuff, and I develop an imaginary friend. Then what happens is I meet a girl, and we start dating…but the problem is I don’t know whether she [actually] exists [or] whether she’s a figment of my imagination.”

The flick promises to be a bit more ambitious than Apatow’s usual fare, and might even employ CGI, but like the other films, it will aim to keep human bonds at its core. “It’s basically a relationship movie, but the whole time I’m trying to avoid finding out whether she’s real or not,” Hill explained. “I don’t want to know, basically. And then, my best friend who I go to for advice, is an imaginary person that I’ve made up in my mind.”

Hill, who often injects his love for pop culture into flicks like “Superbad” (in which he speculates about Coen Brothers porn movies), said he envisions his script as the kind of thing that could take Apatow’s blueprint in the direction of some of Hollywood’s edgiest directors.

“It’s trying to do what we do with ’Knocked Up,’ ’Superbad’ and ’Virgin’, and mix it a little bit with stuff that Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry do,” he said. “It’s kind of like a little bit artisier. I’m so psyched about it; I’m the producer, and Judd’s the producer, and it’s cool.”

Hoping that his concept will bridge the gap between “Virgin,” “Being John Malkovich” and a Jimmy Stewart classic (“It’s kind of like ’Harvey’ a little bit,” he added), Hill indicated that he and Apatow hope to have cameras rolling on “Imagination” sometime next year.