Despite reservations from some main cast members of the 2007 coming-of-age comedy, Judd Apatow says he was always ready to go full steam ahead on 'Superbad 2'.
Speaking on the 'Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum' podcast, Apatow, who produced the film, explained, "I always wanted them to do a sequel to 'Superbad."
Earlier this year, Jonah Hill said the "only way I would ever make it" was if it was filmed when they were much older. His idea for the sequel involved the original characters meeting up once more in an old folks' home.
"I know that Jonah said, 'Oh it’ll be funny to do it when we're 70 or 80.' But I really wanted them to do a 'Superbad' in college where Jonah flunks out of college and just shows up and visits Michael Cera at college."
The film is widely regarded as one of the best comedies in recent decades. It was also the springboard for the careers of many comedy stars including Hill, Michael Cera and Emma Stone.
Apatow continued, acknowledging the original cast's reservations for a sequel. "Everyone was like 'Nah we don’t want to screw up 'Superbad' by accidentally making a crappy second one'. I would always say the same thing, 'Well that's like saying don’t make the second episode of the 'The Sopranos.' Like, so why do you think we would screw up the second one?'"
Many cast members feel differently, however. "I think that everybody is pretty staunchly against this," Cera told Esquire. "Just because we feel good about the movie. It could only tarnish something that is a good memory. That said, I would just love to do something with the same group of people, even if it’s not 'Superbad.'"
Seth Rogan, who co-wrote the original, also said he would "100% probably never touch" a sequel of the film. So it looks like Judd is pretty much on his own with this one, but who knows? In the movie business, never say never.