A new film in the American Pie franchise is said to be in development at Universal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production has already begun and actress Sujata Day is busy writing the screenplay for what will be a “new version” of the comic-irreverent epic. The goal is to usher in a new phase of the franchise, making it take a different direction than the previous chapters
The rumors that have been circulating in Hollywood for some time are now confirmed by what “in Hollywood” is more or less the Bible, i.e. The Hollywood Reporter. The famous US magazine reported that a new film in the franchise is currently being developed at Universal American Pie. thr reveals that actress Sujata Day is busy writing the screenplay for what will be a “new version” of the irreverent-comedic epic.
The progenitor of the film saga, American Pie in short, the original was released in 1999, becoming a huge success at the box office.
The film grossed over $235 million on a budget of just $11 million. The film came at a time when comedies of this type, mixing comedy and vulgarity, had reached their apogee, preceding films such as Superbad, Knocked Up, The Girl Next Door And The 40 Year Old Virgin.
The franchise of American Pie has produced three direct sequels and five spin-offs. Regarding the latter, Anthony Lund of the US magazine Movie Web he writes that they “suffered from being repetitive and unoriginal.”
In the same article (in which Lund gives news of a new chapter in the comic-vulgar saga in the pipeline) we read: “for many critics the franchise of American Pie has run its course a long time ago, and with the latest movies all dropping straight into the video offerings under the ‘American Pie Presents’ banner, the last thing anyone expected was a new movie from American Pie”, which makes it clear how Anthony Lund is not really a lover of the genre and an admirer of the franchise, here.
Instead for the many fans of that genre whose path was opened by the 1999 film, the news of a new act on the way will certainly be a cause for jubilation.
The few details available for now
Jennifer Coolidge, from American Pie to The White Lotus. PHOTO
Very few details are available about the project. It is known to come once again from Universal, produced by 1440 Entertainment. The story that will be told will be original, however the plot has yet to be revealed: for now everything is top secret. The intent would seem to be to take the franchisee in a new direction, which is why it is unknown if any of the original cast will return for a character or a cameo. Some think that the list of actors will be completely new, just to underline the new direction that the saga intends to take.
How does American Pie star Seann William Scott think
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Original film star Seann William Scott (who in American Pie played the character of Steve Stifler) some time ago he said that it would not have been possible to create new chapters of the epic now. The sequels and spin-offs have not changed much from the style of the pioneering film, the original. It is precisely Scott at the beginning of 2022 who had spoken in these terms of that style of humor: “You know, I was having a conversation with a friend the other day, and I said: ‘You could never do American Pie nowadays’. For some of the stuff in that movie you would get arrested and probably go to jail for a long time if you did. I think a lot of the comedies and things that have given me a career are no longer appealing. I mean, I could be wrong. I think some of the overall comedy can be funny, but people, it seems, myself included, value witty, intelligent humor and good writing more than anything over the top,” said Seann William Scott.
Certainly not prophetic words, given that – after the last feature film of 2012, which brought together the cast of the first three films – Universal has decided to return to invest in the franchise that mixes sex, comedy and adolescent problems, trying to make it a case equal to the cult branded 90s-2000s.
Sujata Day will be the screenwriter
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He will take care of the new adaptation of American Pie comedy actress Sujata Day (born Sujata Choudhury). “I’m obsessed with dirty comedies, e American Pie it is among my favourites. I can’t wait to work on the new film,” said Sujata Day. Day has so far worked on projects such as Insecure (as an actress) while she grappled with directing with Definition Pleasea comedy-drama released in 2020. Born in 1984, career as an actress, director, screenwriter and also a model, Sujata Day became famous thanks to the role of CeeCee in the web series of Issa Rae, the acclaimed web series entitled The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (2011-2013 (aired from 2011 to 2013 and on which the television series is partly based Insecure). In the series InsecureSujata Day is still present, here in the role of Sarah.