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Judd Apatow talks possible PINEAPPLE EXPRESS sequel

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November 23rd, 2009

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The closest thing the world has to an Apatow sequel is the upcoming spin-off of the hit comedy FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, titled GET HIM TO THE GREEK. This film will follow two of MARSHALL's supporting characters, played by Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, in a new and wildly crazy road adventure. This "sideways sequel," as Judd Apatow likes to call it, is going to be wild. "“It’s sort of like MY FAVORITE YEAR on heroin.”

Aside from that spin-off, there really isn't another Apatow sequel set in stone. Sure, there have been plenty of rumors. We have informed you all in the past about a possible ANCHORMAN 2 sequel, and the possibility of a PINEAPPLE EXPRESS follow-up. I personally always thought there was the potential to revisit the vulgar misfits of SUPERBAD, perhaps in college.

Well, according to the man himself, there is the possibility of him doing a real sequel. But to what film, or films? Thanks to the folks over at Funny or Die (love those guys), Apatow was given a platform to discuss just that. In the video, that you can view HERE, Apatow seemed pretty darn sure that no SUPERBAD 2 will ever come, not that he doesn't want it to. He has begged Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg both, but they have moved on, and “they don’t want to ruin it... it’s a gem of a movie, and they don’t want a crappy second.” I agree that it's a gem, but I think those intelligent guys could make another great film in that world. I guess it's better to leave the film unblemished, than to make a sequel for the heck of it. Nice to know someone has a conscience in Hollywood.

As far as PINEAPPLE EXPRESS is concerned, it seems like a green light might not be too far off. In his own words, he says that we would "have a better shot at seeing that.” So, there you go. It looks the first Apatow-made sequel we will see actually come to fruition first, is a stoner-centered PINEAPPLE EXPRESS follow-up. I also think an ANCHORMAN 2 is inevitable, but they are in no real hurry to get it done. So for now, it looks like we are all going to have to watch our already-released Apatow films and dream of the possibilities.

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  • brownie-p

    If you asked me whether Rogen and Franco could pull-off a rebooting of the “Cheech and Chong” franchise, I would have no doubt about that, but with PineApple Express, I'm thinking it's like the painting of the 16th Chapel. Think, if you compromise the look in anyway, it won't be the same, won't have the same affect. My point is if you tweak a character's disposition in any way or mess with the storline in such a way that it turns people off, it will turn P.E. fans-off! You don't want to do that, but then we all wouldn't be anticipating the release of PineApple Express's sequal, so my advice for Apatow is, “take your time!” Keep in mind, the balance between good actors and a good storyline is crucial to making a good movie.

  • brownie-p

    If you asked me whether Rogen and Franco could pull-off a rebooting of the “Cheech and Chong” franchise, I would have no doubt about that, but with PineApple Express, I'm thinking it's like the painting of the 16th Chapel. Think, if you compromise the look in anyway, it won't be the same, won't have the same affect. My point is if you tweak a character's disposition in any way or mess with the storline in such a way that it turns people off, it will turn P.E. fans-off! You don't want to do that, but then we all wouldn't be anticipating the release of PineApple Express's sequal, so my advice for Apatow is, “take your time!” Keep in mind, the balance between good actors and a good storyline is crucial to making a good movie.

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