Sad news today for fans of wacky Judd Apatow-produced comedies. Or maybe not. Let's go through the news, then you can decide for yourselves. The Playlist spoke with Evan Goldberg at San Diego Comic-Con last week. Goldberg is of course the wiz who wrote both "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express." Sequel rumors and talk have followed both of those projects, so The Playlist asked him straight out: what's the deal here?
On the "Superbad" front, he gave what is perhaps the most definitive answer yet on the status/presumed status of a sequel: "Never, at any juncture in the history of life, have we considered 'Superbad 2.'" Really not much to say to that, eh? Prospects for a "Pineapple Express" sequel sound better. According to Goldberg, he and his cohorts have pressured the studio to do it "but they require no pressure." Meaning they want to do it. Problem is, everyone's all booked up!
"We kind of made the classic mistake of people who had a successful film: we then booked everything we could because we thought it’d be our only chance," he explained. "It still could be our only chance, but man are we booked." Now I know some of your are going to be bummed out by this news... but maybe it's not such a bad thing.
I loved loved "Superbad" and was kind of meh on "Pineapple Express" -- maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind for that stoner comedy -- but in my honest opinion, the assembled players have leveraged the success of those films well and since gone on to do some great stuff.
Not every movie needs a sequel-- just look at "Inception." And while I agree with Goldberg's assessment that "Pineapple" lends itself well to a follow-up story -- he flat-out admits that they have one planned out already -- I can't help but feel like Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green could make better use of their time.
For Rogen, be serious: don't you want to see "Jay and Seth Vs. the Apocalypse" already? The trailer is loved across the Internet, Rogen told us he really wants to do it -- direct it, even! -- and, well... it's a pretty original idea. Always a good thing, and sadly, increasingly hard to find.
Franco is already reuniting with Green and McBride for another stoner comedy, a different stoner comedy with a high fantasy (no pun intended) setting and starring himself, McBride, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. He's also starring in "Rise of the Apes," the "Planet of the Apes" prequel. With Tom Felton, Brian Cox, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow and Andy Serkis.
Then there's McBride, a really funny guy who deserves more than a supporting comedic role. It's true that he'd likely have a much larger one in a "Pineapple" sequel, but it sounds like he's got just that in "Your Highness," which he also wrote. He's also set to join Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari in "30 Minutes or Less," a comedy from "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer.
And let's not forget Goldberg. He wrote "The Green Hornet," starring Rogen. He also wrote the upcoming hockey comedy "Goon" with Jay Baruchel. Then there's the small matter of "Jay and Seth" again, which he is co-writing with Rogen.
Maybe I'm just fatigued from all of the sequels and remakes that are out there. And yes, "Rise of the Apes" is just that-- though I'll admit, I'm still stoked for it. But I feel like all of these guys would be better served by moving forward. "Superbad" stands on its own as a great movie. A lot of folks think the same about "Pineapple Express." Goldberg included. So don't be sad about the no sequels news-- be glad about all of the cool crap that's going to happen instead!
What do you think? Are you really disappointed that there will be no sequel for "Superbad" and possibly/likely none for "Pineapple" either? Does either movie scream for a follow-up story? What if it comes at the expense of any of what's listed above?