Seth Rogen deserves his success. Iâ€™ve interviewed him twice now, and found him to be one of the nicest, most unpretentious, and most knowledgeable guys Iâ€™ve ever sat across a table from. More so, heâ€™s funny â€“ damn funny â€“ and more adaptable than a universal remote.
Had a chat to Rogen today about the upcoming â€œThe Pineapple Expressâ€ â€“ my review wonâ€™t be up for a while – and we briefly discussed some of his upcoming projects â€“ including, of course, â€œThe Green Hornetâ€.
Hereâ€™s a brief run-down.
The Green Hornet
â€œWeâ€™re looking for a director currently. The studio says they want to make it â€“ they want to shoot it around February or March. They want it to come out in June of 2010. It looks like itâ€™s gonna happen! We just have to find a director â€“ weâ€™re meeting with some people.â€
Rogen says he didnâ€™t realize that his â€œZack and Miri Make a Pornoâ€ director Kevin Smith had worked on a â€œGreen Hornetâ€ movie before he started worked on the latter.
â€œI didnâ€™t realize until I started working on it that he had written like a whole draft â€“ and was gonna direct it. It just all fell apart. He told me his idea, I told him my idea â€“ they could not be more different. I think weâ€™ve got a little more freedom than he did â€“ with the material and so on â€“ which, you know, is great for us! [Laughs]â€
Danny McBride, Rogenâ€™s co-star in â€œPineapple Expressâ€, said heâ€™ll have to brush up on his Asian accent if he wants to convince Rogen that heâ€™s the right guy to play Kato.
The Pineapple Express 2
Rogen says theyâ€™re definitely considering a sequel. â€œTheyâ€™re been wanting us to do a sequel to Superbad for so long â€“ but weâ€™ve held off. We eventually said No. But this one, itâ€™s not a precious coming-of-age story like Superbad, itâ€™s a weed action-movie and if it did well, and they gave us like $50 million dollars (as opposed to the $26M we got for this one) we could benefit from that.â€
Zack and Miri make a Porno
â€œItâ€™s great. I think itâ€™s a really sweet romantic-comedy. Itâ€™s obviously really filthyâ€¦ but itâ€™s a great romantic movie.â€
Rogen, who says heâ€™ll be heading to Comic Con to promote â€œZack and Miriâ€, loved working with Kevin Smith.
â€œHeâ€™s great. I really like Kevin. Iâ€™ve looked up to him for a really long time. It was great to work with him.â€
Untitled Judd Apatow Comedy
Australiaâ€™s Eric Bana will be joining Rogen for the next Judd Apatow comedy â€“
â€œThereâ€™s a role in the movie for an actor that you normally wouldnâ€™t imagine acting with our crew. We just said â€˜What about Eric Bana? Heâ€™s supposed to be really funnyâ€™. He is really hilarious in â€œChopperâ€ â€“ not that itâ€™s a comedy â€“ and Iâ€™m just really excited to meet him.â€
As for the rest of the cast? â€œRight now itâ€™s me, Adam Sandler, Eric Bana, Leslie Mann, Jonah [Hill] from Superbad, and Jason Schwartzmann. Iâ€™ve been friends with Schwartzmann for almost ten years now. Iâ€™m really excited to work with those guys now.â€ (Speaking of, Cinema Blend has some inside details on this film today!)