Judd Apatow Planning ‘This Is 40′ Sequel to Complete ‘Knocked Up’ Trilogy

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 30th, 2013 at 7:47 am,

This Is 40 Review starring Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd Judd Apatow Planning This Is 40 Sequel to Complete Knocked Up Trilogy

Judging by box office returns and critical reception for This Is 40 (read ours), Judd Apatow’s latest directorial effort is a good litmus test for determining whether or not you’re a fan of his insightful, sketch-oriented comedies about the modern living and personal challenges facing middle-class (or higher) Americans of a certain age.

That’s to say: you probably already know whether or not a third installment in the loosely-structured Knocked Up trilogy sounds appealing to you. Either way, Apatow is considering such a film, shifting the focus off married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) and moving it onto their budding teenage daughter Sadie (Maude Apatow).

During a recent interview with Getty Images Entertainment (via Hey U Guys), Apatow was questioned about the prospect of a sequel to This Is 40. He admitted to being intrigued by the idea, referencing French New Wave icon Francois Truffaut and his semi-auto-biographical series about the fictional Antoine Doinel (beginning with The 400 Blows) – in terms of how they explore the ongoing experiences of the same characters:

“Yes… because I like the series that Truffaut made where he revisited the same character five different times in five different movies. I think it’s fun to see people grow up. I’m interested in it with Leslie (Mann) and Paul (Rudd)’s characters… Pete and Debbie… but I’m even more interested in [Maude and Iris’ characters].”

Obviously, Apatow continuing to collaborate with both his wife and kids on future projects has its personal benefits. Nonetheless, many critics gave Mann and the Apatow girls the highest marks among the This Is 40 cast, so this is one example where nepotism works in favor of the final artistic product. Similar, their changing ages mean the third installment won’t just be recycling what’s been shown before.

“When we first met Maude’s character, Sadie, she was 8-years-old, she didn’t understand where babies come from and know we see her five years later and she’s just cursing and screaming and having teenager problems so I’m thinking that maybe in the next one she’s in college…

“…or maybe I’m just lazy and this is a great way to make home movies…”

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Shifting the spotlight onto Sadie would allow the third film to both draw in the core Apatow demographic – whose owns kids may also be coming of age (or will in the foreseeable future) – and broaden its appeal to anyone who can relate to bordering on adulthood in the 21st century (be they in the same category themselves or just past). Moreover, it would return Apatow to his roots of making emotionally-honest comedy about young people, as in the TV series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. So, all in all, it doesn’t sound like a bad idea – to me, anyway.

Are you interested in a followup to Knocked Up and This Is 40? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Getty Images Entertainment (via Hey U Guys)

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  1. Totally up for this! I loved both Knocked Up and This Is 40, and I’m with the group that thinks Leslie Mann and the kids were the best part of This Is 40, so I’d definitely be up for a sequel centering around Sadie. We just can’t forget too, that whenever the sequel would be made, *spoilers* there has to be another kid in the mix too, since Debbie got pregnant again.

    But I’m definitely good with this. Apatow is one of my favorite people in modern comedy.

  2. This Is 40 (Minutes Too Long) was THE worst movie I’ve seen all year. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen.

  3. I don’t like the sound of focusing on the kids I’d like if they got Paul and Seth together again sure that would be histaricle, this on the other hand would either just be too real of life or annoying

  4. Oh so this is a trilogy now?

  5. Is this one of the sequels that anybody really wants?

  6. Apatow is such a tool. Enough with these movies.

  7. I don’t think this film was good enough to warrant another one. Sounds to me like he just wants to get his wife and kids some work. “This Is 40″ made me laugh….two times. The rest of the film had me asking “why?”. My biggest “why” was towards Charlyne Yi. Not funny or remotely talented….

  8. Would love another! But hey, I am female. I loved the first two highly!

  9. I would soooo watch this sequel. I would even watch it in the movies and buy the dvd (and not pirated it!). I loved This Is 40 and I have seen it maybe 30 times now. So great! If you are reading these Apatow, your wife has great looking boobs!

  10. I really enjoyed both films and look forward to the 3rd or 4th baby and how Sadie handles teenage years.

  11. We want more. I’d love to see a third movie. So refreshing

  12. Definitely want another one!!!

  13. Yes definitely! The characters in This is 40 mimicked so much of my life which made it that much more fun to watch. I can’t wait to see another one. :)

  14. Would love to see a sequel to this. Absolutely loves knocked up & this is 40..watch them all the time on demand on Comcast.. can’t wait to see what happens with a 3rd baby, etc…Sequel please!!!!!!

  15. I would absolutely LOOOOOVE a sequel to This is 40!! It was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. The best thing about it was my husband and I related to soo many issues in the movie with most of the same things having happened or currently happeningbin our own lives, having 2 girls ourselves, one 13 and the other 5. Trying to find alone time, parent issues, the whole thing. It’s was fabulous!!! I laughed so hard, I was crying at times. I watch it every single time it is on and would be beyond happy if there was a sequel to this great, GREAT movie!

  16. I love Knocked Up and This is 40. I would be the first in line to see another follow up to This is 40. Pete and Debbie are hilarious. I am not sure if I want most of the focus to be on the kids though. I would prefer to see a little of a cameo follow up of Ben and Alison from Knocked Up. Please bring back Jason, Desi, and Catherine’s character. By the way, really enjoyed these films.

  17. Heck ya!!!! Would love to see a sequel

  18. This is totally awesome! This movie has to happen! Both Knocked Up and This Is 40 were fantastic!!! Just don’t make it too childish if you’re focusing on the kids, needs to be the same risky humor with adult themes, etc…

  19. Please, please, please let there be a follow up to This is 40! I love this movie. I turned 40 in 2012 when this movie was released, and it really hit home. However, I don’t like the idea of focusing on Sadie. I think the follow up should be another look into their lives present day, and continue the focus on Pete and Debbie’s struggles with getting older and managing their lives, but also showing us glimpses into the kids’ lives as well, now that we have a baby in the mix. How about This is 45?