Alex Billington over at First Showing was at the Pineapple Express panel at this year’s Comic Con when Judd Apatow first cracked wise about a Pineapple Express/Superbad crossover movie during a Q&A session. At the time Billington was skeptical – until he leaned back to ask Superbad director Greg Mottola if Apatow was just B.S.’ing the crowd. Mottola let Billington know that it was no B.S.; the funniest movie crossover of all time could indeed happen.
Completing this holy trinity of rumors is word from Pineapple Express‘ main smoker James Franco, who recently let slip during an interview with MTV News that the PE/SB crossover was more than just a possibility; it is likely to happen. Said Franco:
“Even before ‘Superbad’ came out, I think the studio was trying to get [Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg] to write a sequel, but they really didn’t want to write a sequel… And so, an answer to that was to do a ‘Superbad’/’Pineapple Express’ crossover, an unprecedented crossover movie with two directors, Greg Motolla and ['Pineapple Express' director] David Gordon Green, each directing half of the movie and somehow these characters get together, which doesn’t make sense at all, but could work.”
Are you kidding me? I dare anybody to tell me how this concept could NOT work. Scratch that–I don’t even have to listen to any nay sayers telling me all the reasons why ‘Superbad Pineapple Express’ would never happen; especially since Franco has already made a pretty solid pitch for the film:
“[My character Saul] could sell [the characters from 'Superbad'] something, but I think we’d want some action, so you know, somehow the kids get in trouble somehow and we have to get them out of it,” Franco mused. “And Seth plays characters in both movies, so somehow we’d have to kill one of them off.”
Don’t know about that last part (I’d like to see Rogen “Eddie Murphy” it,) but the rest of that pitch is pretty. rock. solid.
What do you think, should Pineapple Express and Superbad bump funnies? (Keep in mind that fan buzz can really breathe life into this type of flick. So if it sounds good to you, like it does to me, speak up now!)
Pineapple Express hits theaters August 6, 2008. It stars Seth Rogen, James Franco and is directed by David Gordon Green.