Seth Rogen Leaked a Movie Plot That He’s Been Working on for Almost a Decade
Comedy film pro, Seth Rogen, recently chatted with The Howard Stern Show about his career and some of the challenges of moviemaking. During the interview, the star admitted to creating at least one concept that has stalled thus far. He told Howard Stern exactly why the project hasn’t gotten off the ground and how he plans to deal with it.
Seth Rogen is an ace, both on camera and behind the scenes
In the early 2000s, Rogen perfected the on-camera persona of the funny and likable slacker in movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. He continued scoring roles and stretching his acting muscles with more complex stories and characters, including his role as Lou in Take This Waltz.
Along with his impressive acting chops and impeccable comedic timing, Rogen is as dominant behind the scenes as he is in the spotlight. He has built his directing reel to include almost a dozen titles, he has added 25 writing credits to his resume, and as a producer, he is creeping up on nearly 40 projects.
Rogen has directed episodes of Black Monday and Preacher, for which he also earned executive producer credits. He has directed various other series, movies, and shorts as well. The comic genius has written (or co-written) and produced a slew of hits, including Superbad, Pineapple Express, and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.
With so many blockbusters under his belt, it’s hard to believe that Rogen could ever get stuck creatively. But he admitted that it does happen.
Rogen dished about 1 movie idea that hasn’t gained momentum in almost a decade
Rogen has a track record of delivering crowd-pleasing shows and movies, but during an interview on The Howard Stern Show, the A-lister described one script that has been a tough cookie to crack.
“We’ve had an idea for a long time about like… It’s like aliens come to Earth, and they’re like, ‘We’re gonna test you. And the planet will live or die based on how you deal with this test. And we’re gonna pick one human representative to be the vanguard of all of humanity.’ And I get picked as that person. And that’s the idea,” Rogen laughed. “That’s a good premise, but around eight years later, that’s all we have.”
In order to create a complete narrative, Rogen pondered combining that story with a different idea from another source. But it appears that he is still waiting for the right creative fit. Fans will have to stand by to see what could develop in the future with his alien plot line.
Even winning ideas can get killed in the movie industry, revealed Rogen
While some movie ideas just don’t hold up, Rogen once had an idea for a sequel that seemed primed for success. Rogen’s stoner flick, Pineapple Express, was a critical and commercial hit. With positive reviews from critics, widespread approval from fans, and a healthy profit at the box office, making a sequel seemed to be a no-brainer.
Alas, Pineapple Express 2 was killed and never came to fruition. The takeaway? Sometimes even great concepts don’t get off the ground in Hollywood.