Superbad producer Judd Apatow has been a supporter of the film’s sequel, but said he couldn’t bring the original cast on board.
The 2007 R-rated high school story starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera turns 15 this year. But even all these years later, 54-year-old Apatow said the actors didn’t take the risk McLovin had of destroying the legacy of the classic.
“Everyone was like, ‘No, we don’t want to screw up ‘Superbad’ by accidentally doing a crappy second,'” Apatow said on the Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum podcast. “And I would always say the same thing, ‘Well, that’s like saying don’t do the second episode of The Sopranos. So why do you think we’d screw up the second one?’
“I always wanted them to do a sequel to ‘Superbad,'” Apatow previously said in the interview. “I know this Jonah [Hill] said, “Oh, it’ll be fun doing that when we’re 70 or 80,” but I really wanted them to do a “superbad” in college where Jonah got kicked out of college and just showed up, and Michael Cera went to college .”
Hill actually pitched his sequel vision, Old People Home, to W Magazine in January.
“Our spouses die and we’re single again. That’s what I want from ‘Superbad 2’ and that’s the only way I would ever make it,” he said.
Superbad co-writer and actor Seth Rogen, who originally intended to play Hill’s role but felt he was too old, said he’d “probably never touch” a sequel or reboot.
“I’m incredibly proud of it,” Rogan told Lad Bible in 2020. “It really holds up — people still see it, high school kids come up to me and tell me that’s the first time they’ve seen it and how much they loved it.
“It made its way into one of the better high school movies out there,” he continued. “I’m so scared of pulling off a bad sequel or spin-off in any way that I would never do it. I have so few really good accomplishments that I’m horrified to fuck with the ones I have.
Last year, Fogell himself told actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse that a female version of the film “would definitely be the way to go.”