Seth Rogen and James Franco put out a high quality buddy stoner action film back in 2008 called Pineapple Express. You’ve probably heard of it. Heck, maybe you even have it in your DVD collection.
The film was a massive success, grossing over $100 million at the box office against a $26 million budget.
It has since developed a cult following, and that following is going to be very disappointed to hear they were screwed out of a sequel.
In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Rogen said that while the studio was open to the idea, they wouldn’t work with them on the budget.
We tried to make one and 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. I think we probably wanted too much money. Studios, they don’t like giving away money. Weird thing.
According to reports, Apatow wanted a $50 million budget for the sequel, and the studio was set on $45 million.
Honestly, $45 million doesn’t sound that bad, especially for a comedy film. That’s a lot of money. I mean, what’s the difference between $50 and $45 million, really? One less stunt?
I think if they really wanted to, they could have made the movie.