Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Aren't Sure About A Neighbors Sequel
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.07.2014
Nothing's happening yet...
Deadline reports that while at the Produced By conference, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen spoke about a possible sequel to Neighbors, which is close to getting $220 million worldwide. They said while they've had meetings about it, nothing is moving forward at the moment. The two are currently working on Jazz Cops, a film for Rogen and Kevin Hart, which is about two cops in the 1950s trying to get into the jazz scene.
The discussion, which also included producing partner James Weaver (who started as an assistant on Funny People), focused on what they've learned from writing, directing and producing comedies. They mentioned that even with a bigger budget, The Green Hornet suffered due to the number of people involved. Neighbors only had a budget of $18 million. They said that Weaver provides updates to the studios and agents while the film is shooting. Previous Point Grey films include 50/50 ($8 million) and This Is The End ($32 million). Here are highlights:
Rogen on getting Neighbors made: There's a point where you have to say ‘Stop'. On Neighbors we played the studio game, and continually received notes and waited for the call that movie would go forward. We stopped, had a real moment, and cut the budget in half — which it turns out was the factor stopping the project (from proceeding forward) in the first place. Essentially, we assess, what's the most amount of money we can make this movie for, for the most amount of go-away (from those giving it to us). We've been good on our budgets."
Rogen on testing their films: "We also test the shit out of our movies because you can scientifically calculate what is funny and what is not, and that's why we shoot a number of alternative scenes. Hopefully we get to a place where every jokes works. We're testing a movie in a week for a big joke to see if it might work."
Goldberg on the testing process: "We film the test audience and how they laugh."
Rogen also said that he didn't think SuperBad's McLovin was going to be funny until the film was tested. Point Grey is currently working on the marketing, music cues and color correction for The Interview (out October 10). They also have pre-production for their Christmas comedy (featuring Joseph Gordon Levitt) and recording actors' voices for Sony's animated film Sausage Party. Goldberg said that movie "was hatched when we were baked on the couch."