An Offensively Funny Seth Rogen Film Is Being Made Into A Series
Seth Rogen's animated comedy Sausage Party is getting its own series.
In 2016, comedian Seth Rogen decided to take audiences on a wild comedic ride that differed from his other well-known work in hit films like Knocked Up, Superbad, and This Is the End. The movie that started that ride was Sausage Party, which was intended to be an adult computer-animated comedy, but ended up being offensively funny for some audience members who were looking for Rogen’s signature comedic flair amongst an ensemble group of actors. Now, Variety reports that Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party will be remade into a television series at Amazon, and several actors from the 2016 original film will make their way to the television adaptation.
Writing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg contributed to the screenplay of the film Sausage Party, which was directed by Conrad Nernon and Greg Tiernan. The Amazon series will feature many of the same characters and the voice actors who played them in the original movie, including Rogen, Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’s Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, and Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton. The new series will also be adding a new crop of actors to the Sausage Party mix, with Will Forte, Hocus Pocus 2 comedian Sam Richardson, The White Lotus star Natasha Rothwell, and Yassir Lester entering the picture.
While Seth Rogen’s newest television series adaptation of Sausage Party is currently in production at Amazon, the initial film in the new franchise is currently available to stream on Amazon Freevee. The 2016 version of Sausage Party dealt with an anthropomorphic sausage, voiced by Rogen, who strives to uncover the truth about what exactly goes on outside of the grocery store he lives in after his fellow products are purchased by humans. The movie is a comedy but it veers off into wild directions full of malicious characters hellbent on destroying Rogen’s Frank and the rest of his friends.
Not as financially successful as many of Seth Rogen’s other comedies in his career that were produced by Judd Apatow, Sausage Party fared well when it premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival and later released in theaters by Sony Pictures Releasing on August 12, 2016. The movie went on to gross over $141 million at the box office against a budget of $19 million, which made Sausage Party the highest-grossing animated movie at the time to receive a R-rating. The feature film also starred James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and Danny McBride, although it has not yet been confirmed if any of these actors will reprise their role for the television series.
Critics and audiences were split on their reviews of Seth Rogen’s turn as an animated sausage in Sausage Party, although time has seemed to improve the movie’s standing amongst film experts. Rotten Tomatoes currently ranks the film as Certified Fresh with an 82% on its Tomatometer based on 239 critics’ reviews, while the Audience Score sits at a less-than-stellar ranking of 50% amongst over 50,000 verified users of the site. Similarly, Metacritic rates Sausage Party with a Metascore of 66 and a User Score of 5.6, which typically denotes generally favorable ratings from critics and mixed or average reviews from audiences.