Harold & Kumar Creators Directing American Pie 4

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Back in February we reported on the news that Universal was looking to bring back the American Pie franchise from the bottomless pit of straight-to-DVD releasing and release American Pie 4 in theaters. Although at the time the studio  declined to comment on the development of the project, we did hear word that a lot of the original cast members were highly interested in returning to the franchise (although no one had actually signed on).

We also learned that Universal was poised to hire Harold & Kumar writers, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, to write the American Pie 4 script. Now we learn that not only are they writing the movie but they will also direct it. The news comes from Risky Business.

Hurwitz and Schlossberg wrote the first Harold & Kumar and wrote and directed the sequel. It was expected that they would return for the third film, entitled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (nice!), since they wrote the screenplay for it. But it looks like they’ve decided to jump ship for the fourth slice of American Pie.

The duo are already in the midst of writing American Pie 4, which is strangely being described as both a reboot and a reuniting of original cast members. Why is there such interest in bringing the raunchy comedy series back to the big screen? Well, no deals are in place quite yet, but “the strong interest on the actors’ end is one reason the project is in high gear.”

So where does that leave Harold and Kumar 3? Well, they certainly aren’t ditching plans for the movie as a deal is already being lined up for newcomer Todd Strauss Schulson to occupy the director’s chair (he was a music video director who recently impressed with his short film, Mano-a-Mano). Deals are also already in place for John Cho (Harold) and Kal Penn (Kumar) to reprise their respective roles, something which I was half expecting not to happen (I thought we’d end up with two new faces just for the sake of carrying on the series).

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Hayden Schlossberg, John Cho, Kal Penn and Jon Hurwitz

The storylines of both American Pie 4 and Harold & Kumar 3 are being kept under wraps at this early stage, although one storyline of the latter reportedly involves bringing back Neil Patrick Harris, even though [SPOILER!] he “died” in the sequel (of course if you hung around after the end credits, you saw the immortal NPH’s timely resurrection).

As for AP4, I’ve already suggested a couple of possible plots – either the original gang get back together for their 10 year high school reunion, or we catch up with them trying to deal with married life vs. being in their 30s and still single.

Are you happy to see the Harold & Kumar creators directing American Pie 4? What plots would you like the films to have?

We’re not sure when American Pie 4 will start shooting or when it might be released. A summer shooting start is being eyed for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas with a release date TBA.

Source: Risky Business (via Collider)

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  1. I like the idea of a high school reunion the most…its really the only believable and plausible way you could get the cast back together. Bring back shannon elizabeth also shes still hot….If the show is just now hitting 10 years though they wouldent be in their 30's but late 20's more or less.

  2. I'm more looking forward to Harold and Kumar 3 than American Pie 4, but I'd be up for another round as long as Seann William-Scott comes back.

  3. Harold and Kumar 3? I thought Kal Penn left acting. Thats exciting. American Pie 4? Call it, Return of the Shermanator and I'm in. Not really but wouldn't a Shermanator based movie just be what the straight to DVD world needs.

  4. as long as Shannon Elizabeth (Natalie) is in there i go see it :)

  5. don't get me wrong i'd loooove to see a fourth slice of pie but i'm not convinced they can pull off an installment of the high-overlord of teen movies without them actually being teens.
    as long as it has sean william scott (who could still bring with him the new audience he collected from the almighty role models), the shermanator (with metal plates and rockets in his chest where he was rebuilt after being torn apart by the spikey tentacle thing in the mist) then i'm happy

  6. Listen!! An American Pie 4 movie is just what the franchsie needs to ressurect itself from the lame straight to DVD movies. The writers of Harold&Kumar might just add a fresh spin to the series. And this movie will only work with the whole original cast, not just four or five like American Wedding, which I still think is the best Americn Pie movie. As four the Harold&Kumar movie, the writers should have stay on finish the movie for a late 2010 Christmas release, and then start on American Pie 4, it's going to take awhile to get the whole original cast back anyways, and Kal Penn has already left the White House to return to the franshise, plus the script has already been written. Start shooting Harold&Kumar while working on the script for American Pie 4 it will take two months to shoot and then two months to edit, come on guys you can have possibaly two great comdies under ur belt instead of one.