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Producer Craig Perry discussed some updated plans for “American Pie 4.” The movie is being written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”). Perry indicated that it would make sense to bring everyone back for the movie. Perry said, “If you start whittling it down, then it is no longer what it is meant to me. Those characters have become part of the cultural lexicon, and I think there’s an interest in seeing where they are, because they haven’t been on screen in seven years. I think that’s a very effective way of backing into this is having people wonder ‘what did happen to those guys, what did happen to those girls?’” He acknowledged the casting problem is trying to get everyone back due to their busy schedules, such as actress Alyson Hannigan. “Alyson has got the show and the baby, »
The producer of the big-screen revival of the American Pie franchise has been chatting about the new film...
After seemingly hammering the franchise into the ground with four (to date) pretty terrible straight-to-dvd sequels, you'd figure that all and sundry would be standing over the corpse of the American Pie franchise and opting to leave it be. That, however, isn't the case, and as was revealed earlier in the year, a full-on American Pie 4 is planned for cinema release.
The film, which is being written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (who made the first two Harold & Kumar movies), is aiming to reunite the original cast of the first three films. And producer Craig Perry has been chatting to ComingSoon about the progress of the project.
"I'm hoping to have something to look at it in the New Year," he said. "We'll see when that fits in. »
ComingSoon.net had a chance to talk with the always-ebullient producer Craig Perry earlier today to find out the status of the planned American Pie 4 , which is being written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg ( Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequel), and he gave us an update of the project that's neither a reboot or a remake, but an actual sequel to the hit R-rated comedy trilogy that came out between 1999 and 2003. "Like anything, if they're going to go back to it, they want to get it right," he told us. "Hurwitz and Schlossberg, the guys who did 'Harold & Kumar' are going to direct and I'm hoping to have something to look at it in the New Year. We'll see when that fits in. As you can imagine, a lot of it has to do with »
Proof that Dane Cook and Christian Slater are indeed starring in "Guns, Girls & Gambling" found its way to Twitter-Wood today. Cook posted a pic into the mix, which also included some "Harold and Kumar" updates from Jon Hurwitz, James Gunn discussing Ellen Page's character in "Super" and a suggestion for Mel Gibson from Aziz Ansari.
Elsewhere, while the world was watching to see if Bp's oil leak solution was working, Horatio Sanz announced another less family-friendly problem that's emerged. You can find out what that was after the jump alongside Wes Craven's warning to unwanted photographers.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and everything below constitutes Twitter-Wood for July 16, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@danecook Utah. Slater & I after gunsablazin' in the desert. #GunsGirls&Gambling movie. Oldman pix 2 cool http://yfrog.com/jp8w7yj
@jonhurwitz That's enough with the Harold & Kumar 3 set updates for now. »
- Brian Warmoth
The last we heard about Harold & Kumar 3, the creators of the series jumped ship to do American Pie 4. But that certainly didn’t leave Harold & Kumar dead in the water, as newcomer Todd Strauss Schulson has stepped in to direct the pair’s latest adventure.
If you’ve been curious as to what sort of a plot A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas might have, then you will be interested to know that Vulture recently got a chance to read the Harold & Kumar 3 script and they’ve given a short review of it, revealing some plot details in the process.
[Warning: The following contains Mild Spoilers so beware as you read on]
The 119-page script by series creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg catches up with the titular weed-smoking “heroes” when they’re in their 30s. One of them has made a respectable life for himself, while the other is in the same state of life as before. Oh, and neither »
- Ross Miller
Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, writers of both Harold and Kumar films to date, and directors of the second, Guantanemo Bay one, have confirmed that they won't be behind the camera for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. It's looking as if that job will fall to Todd Strauss Schulson (although the script is still theirs) while they depart for American Pie 4.The pair will also write the new instalment of the baked-goods-shagging franchise, which, it's intended, will bring the original cast back together. No contracts have been signed yet, but The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business Blog says the project is in "high gear" due to "strong interest" from the actors. Which is surprising, since they've all done so much since the originals.Technically speaking, AP4 will actually be the eighth film in the series, which has carried on with straight to DVD instalments about the extended Stifler family (in Band Camp, »
“Harold & Kumar” creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are taking on directing responsibilities for Universal Pictures' “American Pie 4." Todd Strauss Schulson will direct “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas,” the third installment of the successful “Harold & Kumar” franchise. Hurwitz and Schlossberg-written "American Pie 4” looks to reunite the cast of the original movies. There are however, no deals as yet but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the strong interest on the actors’ end is one reason the project is in high gear. "American Pie" became a fan favorite after debuting on July 9th, 1999 with $18.7 million before ending off with a U.S. cume of over $102.5 million and $132.9 million internationally. »
By Jeff Sneider
Rather than direct "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," which the duo has already written and was previously attached to direct, Hurwitz and Schlossberg have chosen to take the helm of "American Pie 4," the seboot (part-sequel, part-reboot) they're currentl »
- Jeff Sneider
This week On the Radar we’re talking about how Michael Bay simply isn’t impressed with 3D conversions, Harold and Kumar are set to return for a Christmas movie, Big Bang Theory’s resident babe takes on a big screen role and will Two and a Half Men lose its star actor?
With all the news of Iron Man and Captain America sweeping the Internet we haven’t heard a lot about Thor lately. Well, director Kenneth Branagh has offered up some information about the production this week:
“Inspired by the comic book world both pictorially and compositionally at once, we’ve tried to find a way to make a virtue and a celebration of the distinction between the worlds that exist in the film but absolutely make them live in the same world,” Branagh said. “It’s about finding the framing style, the color palette, »
- Bob Starr
I didn't realize that raunch comedies were a zero-sum game, in which only one can get the talent while the other languishes in crap. For a while the American Pie franchise was the one getting all the talent and buzz, but then Harold and Kumar swept in and we were stuck with some godawful straight-to-dvd American Pie movies, all of which included poor Eugene Levy. Now the pendulum has swung back. THR is reporting that Harold and Kumar creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have signed on for American Pie 4, a reboot of the franchise that will also reunite the original cast. The duo wrote the script for the upcoming A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, but they'll be leaving the directing duties to Todd Strauss Schulson, who has previously directed shorts and commercials. Hurwitz and Schossberg weren't necessarily the geniuses behind the Harold and Kumar magic-- the first film, »
'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas' in turn also has a new director, Todd Strauss-Schulson.
Photo: Universal Pictures
"American Pie 4" now has a director. Actually, that's directors: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the guys behind the stoney "Harold & Kumar" series. It was revealed in February that Universal was planning a return to the series, hoping to nab Hurwitz and Schlossberg for "a new take on the franchise."
The "American Pie" series has seen three theatrical releases and a string of direct-to-video follow-ups. Universal's plan is for Hurwitz and Schlossberg to work out a story that follows the events of "American Wedding," the third theatrical release in the series. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the duo are currently writing a script and there's strong interest on both Universal's and the original actors' parts to reunite as much of the cast as possible.
Back in February we reported on the news that Universal was looking to bring back the American Pie franchise from the bottomless pit of straight-to-dvd releasing and release American Pie 4 in theaters. Although at the time the studio declined to comment on the development of the project, we did hear word that a lot of the original cast members were highly interested in returning to the franchise (although no one had actually signed on).
We also learned that Universal was poised to hire Harold & Kumar writers, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, to write the American Pie 4 script. Now we learn that not only are they writing the movie but they will also direct it. The news comes from Risky Business.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg wrote the first Harold & Kumar and wrote and directed the sequel. It was expected that they would return for the third film, entitled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (nice! »
- Ross Miller
Well this is an odd game of musical chairs. "Harold and Kumar" creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have signed up to direct "American Pie 4" and have abandoned the upcoming thrid "Harold and Kumar" film which will now have first time feature director Todd Strauss Schulson helm it.
Now, if you're saying to yourself "How can this be 'American Pie 4'? Isn't there like 20 of them already?" Well, you could be forgiven for that. You see, unlike the truck load of of straight to DVD tripe the "American Pie" franchise has dished out over the last few years, this film will actually reunite all the original cast, and as such actually be considered the fourth Real film.
So will this reignite the once powerful comedy franchise, or is this a dead series of films that should be allowed to stay dead? You tell me.
Source: Cinema Blend »
Things are getting busy in the land of R-rated comedy. As rumors have previously buzzed, our favorite Nph cohorts are reuniting for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (with Kal Penn heading back to Hollywood after his White House stint). However, creators Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz aren't going to direct their script this time. They've decided to head to the land of the pies, leaving the stoners to newcomer Todd Strauss Schulson, who's directed a number of successful short films.
According to THR's Risky Business, the Harold and Kumar brains are helming American Pie 4. Their names have been circling the project since February, but initial reports saw them only as writers -- not directors. It seems that the duo were actually cooking up a Hollywood return to R-rated comedies back in the '90s, but Pie scribe Adam Herz beat them to the punch. Now, things come full circle. »
- Monika Bartyzel
Jon Hurwitz, via twitter, reported today that Harold & Kumar 3 is getting closer to theaters and he "can't wait for the shoot."
With H & K 3 rewrite handed in, trying to decide how many times I'm going to see Hot Tub Time Machine this weekend. Either 4 or 7.
Link | Posted 4/2/2010 by reelz
- reelz reelz
Who needs Washington when you can have White Castle? Kal Penn's reps confirm that the actor will leave his post as Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement to return to his acting career. First up for the actor: a new Harold & Kumar movie, this one with a Christmas theme. New Line Studios has confirmed that the movie, to be directed by newcomer Todd Strauss Schulson, will begin filming in late June with an eye on a holiday 2011 release. (Creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are moving to Universal to direct American Pie 4.) The studio, now a division of Warner Bros. »
- Nicole Sperling
Whilst there has been plenty of talk recently about a proposed second Harold & Kumar sequel, titled A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, it seems that the sequel will be without series creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. According to THR, the duo are instead all set to make the jump to another R-rated comedy series – American Pie.
The long-running American Pie franchise has been kept afloat by the America Pie Presents… series of straight to DVD ’sequels’ and now the series is all set for a big screen reboot under the watchful eye of Hurwitz and Schlossberg. The duo are penning the script for American Pie 4: The Reunion, which will see the original trilogies characters: Jim, Stifler, Kevin, Finch, and Michelle, reunited for another go round the pie dish.
However despite signing up Hurwitz and Schlossberg as both writers and directors, there is no word on whether any of the original cast will return… »
Captain America's Bucky is Cast: I'm sorry, but the fact Captain America features a Robin-like character named Bucky is just silliness to me. However, it doesn't matter, those are the facts of the matter and Sebastian Stan ("Gossip Girl") will play the sidekick to the hero Captain America (Chris Evans) in the Joe Johnston directed The First Avenger: Captain America. Stan was at one time said to be in the running for the lead role, but will now play Bucky Barnes, a teenaged orphan, who was too young to join the army but became one camp's mascot. When he discovered Captain America's identity, he joined Captain America as a partner in his Nazi-fighting escapades. Insiders say Stan has signed for five to six movies, which I guess means he isn't dying in this one as the character did in the early Captain comics only to come back in »
- Brad Brevet
American Pie 4 in the worksHarold & Kumar creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are have signed on to direct Universal's American Pie 4, which opens the door for newcomer Todd Strauss Schulson to direct A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, which marks the third installment in the Harold & Kumar franchise.
According to Risky Business, Hurwitz and Schlossberg are already penning the fourth installment, which seeks to reunite the cast of the original movies. No deals have been made, but the strong interest on the actors' end is one reason the project is in high gear.
The plot is being kept under wraps, although one story line does resurrect Neil Patrick Harris, who plays himself in the movies and "died" in the second one. »
We've been hearing about "American Pie 4" for a while, and now comes word that Universal Pictures has hired "Harold and Kumar" creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to direct the new installment. "Pie 4," which the duo is already writing, seeks to reunite the cast of the original movies. No deals have been made, but the strong interest on the actors' end is one reason the project is a top priority. So what does this mean for the third "Harold and Kumar movie? It turns out that Hurwitz and Schlossberg had to step aside for their franchise to continue. It was recently announced that Todd Strauss Schulson will direct "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas." Both John Cho and Kal Penn will reprise their roles, despite that Penn has been working for the White House. The plan is to start filming during the summer. »
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