Seth Rogen: ‘Pineapple Express sequel was killed over big budget’

Seth Rogen is disappointed a sequel to Pineapple Express was dropped over budget concerns.The 2008 comedy, which was directed by David Gordon Green and starred Rogen and James Franco, raked in more than $100 million (£77 million) at the worldwide box …

Seth Rogen is disappointed a sequel to Pineapple Express was dropped over budget concerns.

The 2008 comedy, which was directed by David Gordon Green and starred Rogen and James Franco, raked in more than $100 million (£77 million) at the worldwide box office, but a follow-up never hit the big screen.

Now, the 38-year-old funnyman has revealed the real reason why a sequel never emerged, and it was all down to money.

“We tried to make one,” Rogen said during an interview on The Howard Stern Show. “Thanks to the Sony hack, you can actually find the email when Sony decided to kill the movie and not make it. It was something we were very open to several years ago, but Sony was not that interested in it.”

He went on to explain that then Sony boss Amy Pascal killed any plans for a sequel after producer Judd Apatow asked for too much money.

“I think we probably wanted too much money,” Rogen laughed. “Studios… they don’t like giving away money.”

According to The Daily Beast, the Sony hack leaked details of emails between Apatow and Pascal, in which the producer wanted $50 million (£38 million) for a budget, but Sony executives refused to budge on their $45 million (£35 million) price tag.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rogen confirmed speculation that he was hired to try and make the script for 2020 film Dolittle funnier.

“They were having problems with the movie and were calling in people to help kind of get to the bottom of it,” he confessed. “On the grand scale of being a writer, it’s a cushy position to be in. Stakes are low for you in that role, which is nice, but also you want to help.

“I like movies and I like the actors in that movie. I genuinely want to make things better if I can.”

Despite his comedic talent, the Robert Downey Jr. movie was mauled by critics, and has a score of 14 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Thandie Newton quit Charlie’s Angels after Amy Pascal meeting

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she w…

Thandie Newton quit the 2000 Charlie’s Angels remake after film executive Amy Pascal allegedly made racially insensitive comments in a meeting.

The Westworld star was in negotiations for a role in the big-screen reboot of the hit ’70s TV show when she was called in to meet then-Columbia Pictures boss Pascal.

During the chat, Pascal allegedly told Newton there was a challenge in making her character “believable” as a college-educated woman, and then suggested there could be a bar scene in which her character “gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty”.

“She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character,” the 47-year-old told Vulture. “Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that’. She’s like, ‘Yeah, but you’re different. You’re different’. That was Amy Pascal. That’s not really a surprise, is it? Let’s face it. I didn’t do the movie as a result.”

In response, Pascal, who stepped down from Sony Pictures in 2015 after an email hack revealed racially insensitive emails between her and producer Scott Rudin about former U.S. President Barack Obama, said she was “horrified to hear” Newton’s allegations and insisted she had “no recollection” of the meeting.

“I’ve long considered Thandie a friend; I’m thankful that I’ve had the chance to make movies with her; and I hope to work with her again in the future,” she stated.

Elsewhere in the interview, the actress recalled an awkward meeting with the film’s director McG in which he detailed the opening scene.

“The director said to me, ‘I can’t wait for this. The first shot is going to be… You’re going to think it’s, like, yellow lines down a road, and you pull back and you realise it’s the stitching, because the denim is so tight on your a*s it’s going to look like tarmac,'” she shared. “I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t think we’re going to go down this road together’…I didn’t want to be put in a position where I was objectified.”

Charlie’s Angels, which starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, went on to make over $200 million (£159 million) worldwide.

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct Ryan Gosling’s space movie

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referr…

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.

Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referred to as Project Hail Mary, and now it has been revealed that he will be directed by the filmmaking duo.

According to Variety, the pair will also produce the project alongside Aditya Sood, from their production banner, Gosling, Ken Kao, and Amy Pascal. The latter has a long-running relationship with Lord and Miller, with them winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar together for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse last year, and this bond helped with getting the manuscript in their hands.

Sources told the publication that the First Man star lobbied studio executives at MGM to hire Lord and Miller, but they had just signed a new deal with Universal. However, after discussions, Universal gave MGM their blessing for the project to move forward with the filmmakers.

“All of us at MGM are incredibly excited by this literal dream team coming together around Andy’s astounding novel. With their masterful ability to balance drama, action, and humour, Phil and Chris are the perfect filmmakers to take on this unique material and we are thrilled to have them partner with Ryan, Ken, Andy, Amy and Aditya to bring this movie to life for big screens everywhere,” said MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy in a statement.

Weir’s upcoming novel, which is set to be published by Random House in spring 2021, will reportedly be a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet.

The author’s 2011 novel, The Martian, was adapted into a Golden Globe-winning film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon in 2015.

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Tom Holland confirms Sony had ‘wonderful plan’ to transition Spider-Man out of MCU

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at…

Tom Holland has insisted producers at Sony had a “wonderful” plan to write Spider-Man out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after talks broke down last summer.

The web-slinging superhero was briefly ousted from the MCU after negotiations between heads at Disney, who own Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, who own the screen rights to the comic book character, stalled.

A new deal was eventually announced in September, a month after talks had originally broken down, but in a new interview with MTV News, Holland revealed that Sony bosses already had a plan up their sleeves to help smoothly transition Spider-Man out of the MCU if a deal wasn’t reached.

“(The) future for Spider-Man was still very bright with Sony and we had a really, really wonderful idea how we could sort of transition into a Spider-Man without the MCU,” he said.

He also noted that Sony’s Tom Rothman and Amy Pascal were “really confident” they had the perfect idea to “make a film of the calibre that Spider-Man requires”.

Holland first played Spider-Man, and his high school student alter-ego Peter Parker, in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and has since portrayed the beloved superhero in two standalone films – Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, and last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home.

A third movie will begin filming in July, and Holland told fans they shouldn’t be worried about the future of his character.

“I’m really glad to be back in the MCU and to have the team back together because I kind of feel like it’s where he belongs now,” the 23-year-old gushed, before heaping praise on Disney boss Bob Iger for bringing him onboard to help keep Spider-Man at Marvel. “It was a pretty cool experience and also the best bragging rights ever, I saved Spider-Man.”

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