Director Greg Mottola has had a varied career spanning everything from gentle humanist dramas like Adventureland to raucous comedies like the alien road-trip spoof Paul to his latest film Keeping Up With The Joneses, which features Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher as a suburban couple who learn that their suspiciously perfect-looking new neighbors (John Hamm and Gal Gadot) are a pair of international super-spies.
But it turns out there’s at least one sort of movie he’ll say “no thanks” to: A sequel to his decade-old smash-hit Superbad.
In an upcoming interview with Screen Rant, Mottola was asked about the possibility of a sequel to the sexy spy comedy, which lead to the following exchange about sequels to his previous films (Paul and Superbad in particular):
MOTTOLA: I’d love to do a sequel to Paul. The only film of mine I wouldn’t want to do a sequel to is the one everybody seems to want me to do [laughs] which, of course, is Superbad. But I feel there’s just no way to make a sequel to Superbad that isn’t disappointing.
SCREEN RANT: It does feel like it’d be completely against the point to have a sequel there, yeah.
MOTTOLA: Yeah! I totally agree.
SCREEN RANT: I guess that shouldn’t be surprising, yet… kind of surprising.
MOTTOLA: Well, I think Sony would’ve wanted a sequel, they’ve always said they would support that. But Seth [Rogen] and Evan Goldberg and me are just… no. That’d be like a crass money grab. I should do it, because I’m not nearly as rich as those guys [laughs] I’m ready for a crass money grab! But for me, myself, nah.
Released in 2007, Superbad was a teen coming-of-age comedy featuring then-newcomers Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as unpopular lifelong best friends, who find their attempts to gain access to a popular female classmate’s end-of-senior-year party by supplying alcohol continuously thwarted in increasingly comedic fashion. The film concludes on a bittersweet note as the two friends (named for and supposedly inspired by co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) acknowledge that they may soon drift apart as they prepare to go off to different colleges. What ultimately becomes of their friendship was deliberately left unrevealed to the audience.
Along with Cera and Hill, the film’s success helped cement the future stardom of co-star Emma Stone and breakout star Christopher Mintz-Plasse in his first performance as “McLovin.”
Keeping Up With The Joneses opens in U.S. theatres on Friday, October 21st.