Megan Fox Joins Apatow’s ‘Knocked Up’ Spinoff; Albert Brooks In Talks

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 12:28 pm,

Word got out earlier this year that Judd Apatow’s next writing/directorial effort would be a spinoff of sorts, which will once again feature Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd as 30-something married couple Pete and Debbie, reprising their roles from the filmmaker’s hit 2007 comedy, Knocked Up.

Now former Transformers franchise starlet Megan Fox has signed on to star in Apatow’s upcoming project, and comedic actor/writer/director Albert Brooks is in discussions to join the cast as well.

THR originally confirmed that Fox is onboard for Apatow’s new flick, though her role has not yet been revealed. Deadline says that should Brooks (who you probably know best as the voice of Marlin in Finding Nemo) sign on, he’ll play the father to Rudd’s character.

When stories about Apatow’s new film first began to circulate, the comedic auteur was quick to clarify that the pic won’t be a prequel or sequel to Knocked Up, but a true spinoff – similar to how the Apatow-produced Get Him to the Greek connects with Forgetting Sarah Marshall without actually being a straightforward followup.

Here’s how Apatow describes it:

“It is just a story from Pete and Debbie’s current life. People really responded to their characters and problems. I felt like there was a lot of ground I could explore with them, so we’ll be shooting [the film] in July [2011] and [it] will come out the following June [2012]. There are some fun details yet to reveal but I will let them come out slowly.”

Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd reprising their Knocked Up roles Megan Fox Joins Apatows Knocked Up Spinoff; Albert Brooks In Talks

Mann and Rudd in ‘Knocked Up’.

Apatow has been quite busy over the past fews years as a producer, working behind the scenes on R-Rated comedy fare like Superbad, Pineapple Express, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and this year’s Bridesmaids. He’s only actually written and directed three films over the past decade, including The 40 Year Old Virgin, Funny People, and of course the original Knocked Up.

Those three features contain Apatow’s trademark mix of raunchy language/content and heart, with each subsequent release being more serious and dramatic than its predecessor. That trend may continue to a degree with the filmmaker’s latest project, though it’s unlikely that Apatow will be making anything too somber in the near future – and, based off the diminished box office receipts for Funny People, studio heads won’t be inclined to let him get too serious, anyway.

We’ll keep you posted on the development of Apatow’s Knocked Up spinoff as more information is released.

Source: THR, Deadline

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  1. I never cared for Brooks, never found him funny at all. As for Fox…Apatow wtf are you thinking??

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE Albert Brooks. Would not be interested in this movie except for now.

  3. I like Apatow movies. Just leave Segal’s junk out of it.

    For that matter.. anyone’s junk.

  4. Meant Segel.

  5. This sounds pretty interesting, I’ve always like those characters. Megan Fox will probably play the hot temptress that lead to a marital problem on Rudds account. Brooks as his father is spot-on! Brooks is a great funny guy who still has not received te recognition he deserves.

    • i will bet she plays brooks new wife.the shock factr and story line could be hilarious.if they even do a film.whatever the outcome i think she needs a chance.there are alot of actors outthere that cant act.god , how many movies can aniston make, and heigl. they turn em out like rabbits.i think megan just needs a good script and a good director. she has talent,just b movies so far, except for tr.low budget and bad editing.maybe a few comidies will be the trick. none the less, shes still great to look at.

  6. Ya I won’t be watching this or any Apatow movies from here on out. They are all the same movie wrapped up in a different premise. Just secret chick flick/buddy movies with the same feel and tone, revolving around weed, penis jokes and gross out humor. What sealed my dislike of Judd Apatow was his ridiculous defense of Hollywood’s overprivelaged stars during the Production Awards show and his attacks on Ricky Gervais. Judd Apatow is not a comic just a nerd who always wanted to be a cool kid and is willing to sell out better comics then himself for the gratifying ball washing of Hollywood star applause.

  7. Meh, the only movie of Brooks that I liked was defending your life, the rest.. I can’t even remember them.
    I’m trying to like Megan Fox, watched some of her movies but this girl just can’t act. hopefully a comedy is where she is better suited than her previous endeavors. Heck Sasha Grey has more talent than her.

  8. Sounds interesting, but no Seth? Not sure if this will even be able to compare with the original without him.

  9. I think Megan Fox does have talent, she just needs the right director, script, and movie to work on. I liked her in “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” and think she’ll do fine with Judd Apatow.

    • agreed

    • Like a porn director?

  10. Brooks was in one of the greatest films of all time
    (Taxi Driver)

    Fox was in one of the worst films of all time
    (Insert title of any movie she has ever been in)

  11. Megan Fox does have many talents, though. Some of them are above her waist, some of them are below it