Image Credit: Pie: Vivian Zink; Sophie GiraudWhat do you get when you cross Harold & Kumar with American Pie? Sounds like we may just find out very soon. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the duo who created the two Harold & Kumar movies (which grossed $56.4 million in the U.S. and cleaned up in DVD sales), have signed on to direct a big-screen reboot of the American Pie franchise, set to be titled American Pie 4, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Apparently Hurwitz and Schlossberg are already hard at work on the American Pie 4 script, which they are penning, but the storyline is being kept under wraps. (Oh, please let there be a “One time, at band camp…” joke!) Interestingly enough, the pair is looking reunite the original cast of American Pie—a sprawling group of actors that included Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lyonne, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge, Thomas Ian Nichols, and Chris Owen—for this reboot. Right now, none of the actors are signed on, but reports are that interest is strong. (Some more than others, I’m sure, considering that some from this group—ahem, Tara Reid—probably need the work.) An American Pie movie has not been made for the big screen since 2003, when the third in the series, American Wedding, hit theaters. Since then, the franchise has been surprisingly successful with a slew of direct-to-DVD releases, one of which I (groan!) reviewed more than three years ago. Levy, who played the father to Biggs’ character, appeared in each of the four DVD-only sequels.
Does the fact that it’s the guys behind Harold & Kumar make you believe there is hope for the American Pie franchise once again? Contemplate on that by watching the original trailer of American Pie here. I sort of swoon for days (and movies) of yore when I watch:
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