Superbad, the high school bromance film starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, is arguably one of the best comedies of the last decade. The film’s $160 million global box office likely would have justified a sequel being greenlit by Sony, but co-writer Seth Rogen was never on board with the idea.
Speaking with CinemaBlend this week as part of the press tour for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Rogen was candid about his reasons for not wanting to make a Superbad sequel, even though it would likely be very successful (and also something that Judd Apatow would have liked to see happen).
“To us, it was such a personal story. It was about us, and there was just no… So what? Now the next one is about how we’re going to college? But we didn’t go to college together. I didn’t go to college. It seemed very inorganic, but that was the only reason, really.”
Even if Superbad 2 was going to happen, Rogen doesn’t believe that he would even be comfortable writing it, given how disconnected he is from the college-age demographic.
And also, I don’t know how I would write a movie about high school kids now, or around that age. Even the small, the girls, the sorority girls in [Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising], it was very hard to write their characters. We have to talk to them a lot about what they would do and say in the situations that we had presented.
It’s refreshing to see someone like Rogen, who could easily make a ton of money by making Superbad 2, restrain himself from making a sequel he doesn’t believe in. Hopefully, Rogen’s no-go list also includes Green Hornet 2.