Today was a good day for raunchy R-rated comedy franchises. First up, Risky Business reports that Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are coming on board to reboot Universal’s American Pie franchise with American Pie 4 (I can’t believe all those direct-to-DVD movies don’t count). It’s odd to call the film a “reboot” when not only they’re calling it American Pie 4, but Hurwitz and Schlossberg are seeking to reunite the cast. Risky Business says, “No deals have been made, but the strong interest on the actors’ end is one reason the project is in high gear.” Yes, it’s amazing how everyone in the cast except for Eugene Levy (who will do anything, apparently), Alyson Hannigan, and Seann William Scott, also has a languishing acting career and could use another jump start.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg were originally going to direct A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, but they were lured away by the Pie franchise. Hit the jump for details about how Harold Lee and Kumar Patel are forging ahead without them.
Mandate Pictures has already locked down John Cho and Kal Penn to reprise their roles as the titular stoners and are close to closing a deal with Todd Strauss-Schulson. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas was written by Hurwitz and Schlossberg, but Schulson apparently,
“…wowed Mandate with his presentation and take on “Kumar.” The log line 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.”
Well, duh. The NPH is immortal. Everyone knows that.
Strauss-Schulson got his start directing music videos and commercials, but created a buzz with his short film Mano-a-Mano, which premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. Harold & Kumar Christmas will be his feature debut. You can check out Mano-a-Mano below. It’s not only funny, but you’ll instantly understand why he was offered Harold & Kumar 3.