It took about seven years after its initial release for me to finally watch Superbad. Everyone I knew who loved R-rated comedies had seen it and wouldn’t stop giving me a hard time until I did. Afterwards, I finally understood all the references my friends made about the name McLovin. Now I stand by them and everyone else who sees Superbad as one of the best comedies of the last decade.
It’s difficult to imagine a sequel never happening, even nearly ten years later. A majority of the actors are now big names in Hollywood and the film has stood the test of time. Unfortunately, a sequel would be just wishful thinking at the moment, especially when the film’s director and writers aren’t interested in doing another.
Director Gregg Mottola has a new film releasing this weekend called Keeping Up with the Joneses. Chances are you’ve seen the trailers, which star Zack Galifianakis and Isla Fisher as a married couple who investigate their new neighbors (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot), who seem a little too perfect. It looks like a good comedy. Anyways, the director of this film also directed Superbad, and during an interview for press on his new film, he was asked about a sequel to the popular comedy. His response to the idea was pretty straight forward. Neither he nor the writers (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg of Neighbors) are particularly interested in making another one. To them it would be more of a cash grab. As disappointing as this sounds, it shouldn’t be all that surprising. This writing duo also turned down the opportunity to write a sequel to another one of their comedy hits, Pineapple Express.
So although it’s understandable why this team is not interested in Superbad 2, it’s also difficult to ignore the potential to pick up where the first film ended. How did college life treat Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) once they graduated? I can only imagine the kind of shenanigans these two would get into. Or maybe a sequel could focus on a new group of high school students. Either way, studios are all about money, and that means we can (potentially) expect a sequel long after it’s too late.