Co-Writer/Co-Director Evan Goldberg Reveals His Sequel Ideas for THIS IS THE END

     June 26, 2013

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Every year, there are at least one or two movies that come as very pleasant surprises.  This Is the End seemed like it would be a pretty fun time but I didn’t really think the premise would lend itself to being a film that I would remember months from now or want to revisit frequently; boy was I wrong.  Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg crafted a near-masterwork of comedy filmmaking with This Is the End, and I don’t see how the pic doesn’t land on my Top 10 list at the end of this year.  The film pushes boundaries that I didn’t even know existed, and literally made me laugh so hard it hurt.  It’s an incredibly tight comedy complete with one of the most wonderfully ridiculous third acts in movie history, and I, like many others, would very much like to see this world revisited in a follow-up.

Goldberg—who co-wrote the script with Rogen and also co-directed the film—recently talked a bit about the prospect of a This Is the End sequel, revealing that he has a few ideas for how the story could continue in a further film.  Hit the jump for more.  Obviously, spoilers for This Is the End follow.

this-is-the-end-seth-rogen-evan-goldbergThis Is the End opened with an impressive $20+ million opposite Warner Bros’ mammoth Man of Steel, and the film marked a pretty strong hold in its second weekend for a current worldwide total of $60 million.  If the film continues to perform well, the prospect of making a sequel would seem like a wise business decision from Sony’s point of view.  Speaking with ScreenDaily, Goldberg seems pretty high on the prospect of This Is the End 2, but Rogen is not so sure:

“If you ask me, I’d say there’s a good chance of sequel. If you ask Seth, he’d say no. So, we’ll see.”

Goldberg added that the logistics of reuniting the film’s large (and popular) ensemble cast again would be pretty difficult:

“We lucked out that they were all available. I honestly don’t know if we could get the guys together [again].”

this-is-the-end-2-sequel-seth-rogenGiven that This Is the End concluded with the majority of Earth in ruins and Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson ascending to Heaven, finding a continuation to the story might be a tough task.  However, Goldberg has more than a few ideas for a possible follow-up film:

“We actually talked about doing a sequel where it starts at the premiere of This is the End. Seth’s a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys are back. We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a Garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam.”

Since This Is the End turned out rather brilliantly, I’m inclined to trust whatever Goldberg and Rogen settle on for the plot of the sequel, assuming it ever comes to fruition.  The duo are currently busy prepping their second film as directors, a comedy called The Interview that stars Rogen and James Franco as two journalists granted an interview with Korean dictator Kim Jung-un who are enlisted by the CIA to assassinate the foreign leader.  Production begins in October.

What about you, dear readers?  Do you want to see a This Is the End sequel?  Where would you like to see the story go?  Should they do a sort of reboot a la the “This Is the End premiere” idea or should the sequel involve the heaven/hell repercussions of the first film? Sound off in the comments below.

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