‘This is The End’ Writer/Directors Have Ideas For a Sequel

By June 26, 2013

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut, This is The End, is one of the funniest movies of the year. I had a blast with it, and loved how the movie played with the stars’ real-life personas as well as their on-screen characters they’ve played throughout the years. Now that the movie has made almost double its production budget, whispers of a sequel are being heard throughout the land, and co-writer/co-director Goldberg has an idea of what that might entail.

Goldberg spoke with ScreenDaily (via FS) about the chances of a sequel, and what direction the story could go after – SPOILER ALERT for This is The End – all of the characters die and there’s a giant Backstreet Boys dance party in heaven:

“If you ask me, I’d say there’s a good chance of sequel. If you ask Seth, he’d say no. So, we’ll see…We lucked out that [the busy cast members] were all available. I honestly don’t know if we could get the guys together [for another one]…We actually talked about doing a sequel where it starts at the premiere of This is the End. Seth’s a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys are back. We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam.”

So if you thought the first movie was meta with the actors playing themselves, wait until we get to the sequel, in which they’d be – Inception noise – ACTORS PLAYING THEMSELVES, PLAYING THEMSELVES. I love it. Sure, it would sap all the drama out of This is The End, but it’d essentially turn that into a giant “movie within a movie” for the sequel, which would be some seriously ballsy storytelling. Plus, recontextualizing these characters would give the actors a chance to play an even different and more heightened version of themselves, which would be a lot of fun to see.

What do you think? Are you interested in seeing a sequel to This is The End, or should Rogen and Goldberg leave that Backstreet dance party as our last image from this would-be franchise?

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