James Franco and Seth Rogen are once again collaborating for a madcap comedy caper, this time about North Korea of all things. These guys clearly don't care about being on Kim Jong-un's watch/death list.
Billed as an action-comedy, The Interview stars Franco as TV show host Dave Skylark and Rogen as his producer Aaron Rapoport, who together run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show 'Skylark Tonight'. Your standard comedy setup yes, but then it gets batsh*t.
When the duo discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they somehow land an interview with him in which they pursue because they're sick of being tabloid journos and want to legitimize themselves as bona fide respectable journalists. Still with us? Great, now here comes the madness.
Per the official synopsis:
'As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.'
Yup, they're making a movie about attempting to kill a real-life, currently living, political leader of a country. Franco is lining himself up as an idiot American so this is probably going to end up more being about America's stupidity when it comes to international relations and their obsession with tabloid news over current affairs and actual news as well as a James Bond comedy of errors than being about taking down North Korea, but it's still a touchy subject. How this got the green-light we'll never know.
What we do know is that these guys reaaaaaaaally need to lay off the smoke before they go to movie pitches.
The Interview is expected in Irish cinemas this October.