In this day and age when Hollywood lacks originality, you’d think that a sequel or even a reboot of a major blockbuster would be an easy call. Especially one that at first makes people laugh and secondly, one that talks to the younger generation. So, you have to give writer/director/actor Seth Rogen credit when he says “no” to making Superbad 2
WILL SUPERBAD 2 HAPPEN?
When will Superbad 2 happen? The question has been asked from time to time. A movie that is extremely popular with the teen crowd, one that is considered a comedy classic of its time, surely it deserves a sequel. The answer is it will never happen and it’s not happening because Seth Rogen won’t let it happen.
Seth Rogen has his reasons for blocking Superbad 2 and he explained why (via Movieweb) he has no interest in revisiting the Superbad world: “I think of all the movies we’ve ever made, Superbad is the one I’d 100 percent probably never touch. Honestly, I don’t think it requires improvement or anything to be built upon it. I’m unbelievably proud of it, it really holds up, people still watch it, high school kids come up to me telling me that they watched it for the first time and how they loved it. It’s worked its way into being viewed as one of the better high school movies that’s out there.”
Seems reasonable. Why mess with near perfection? Rogen finished his Superbad 2 thoughts with, “I’m so terrified of subtracting from it in any way with a bad sequel or spin-off that I’d never do it. I have so few actual good accomplishments that I’m horrified to f*ck with the ones I have.”
Of course, we ARE talking about Hollywood. Money talks in every way, shape and form and while Rogen claims Seth, Evan, McLovin and crew will not be making Superbad 2, we’ve learned to never say never. Perhaps fans wouldn’t mind seeing what the group is up to in their 30’s, but maybe Rogen is correct in keeping his hands off near perfection. At least we have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot to look forward to from Rogen and Goldberg.
THE ORIGIN STORY
It’s a shame we aren’t getting Superbad 2 because Superbad was great. The script for Superbad was Seth Rogen’s first big-screen credit though, as a writer, Rogen had previously written for the TV shows Undeclared and Da Ali G Show. While the movie was produced in 2007, the impetus for Superbad came years prior when Rogen and school chum Evan Goldberg (who co-wrote Superbad) was 13 years old. It was then they began to hatch the story and throughout their high school years added more to it.
The story, based loosely on their experiences, was about two high school pals, “coincidently” named Seth and Evan, who are seniors in high school and plan to go out on a very high note. They want to party and lose their virginity. While the idea is not terribly original, the setup and comedy was something audiences loved. The pair even stated that not only is the story based on their own experiences, but the character of Fogell/McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) was also a real character from their childhood.
The budget for the comedy was set at $20 million, which even in 2007 was a relatively low figure. The movie starred Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Jonah Hill (Accepted, 21 Jump Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), and Emma Stone (Zombieland, Battle of the Sexes). Initially, the movie was set to star Rogen as Seth but trying to get him to look like a high school student wasn’t happening, so instead Rogen played the highly irresponsible police officer Michaels opposite Bill Hader as Officer Slater. The movie was directed by Greg Mottola and produced by super-producer/director/writer Judd Apatow. The comedy was immediately a classic and on that $20 million budget, it pulled in $170 million. Not a bad return for a teen comedy and usually the kind that would guarantee a Superbad 2.