For whatever reason, comedy writing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End) have long felt inspired by the plight of sausages. It was over two years ago that we first heard they were interested in writing an animated movie about an anthropomorphized sausage who gets lost in the supermarket and needs to find his way back to his aisle before the Fourth of July, and in that time it would seem that not only have they not moved on to other projects that sound less ridiculous, but they’ve actually been hard at work making this sausage movie happen. Maybe they just like food?
Regardless of their motivations, it was announced in a press release today [via /Film] that Rogen and Goldberg’s sausage movie is officially going to be called Sausage Party, and it’s going to be made by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures. In addition to working together on the script, the duo will also be serving as producers on this “raunchy animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence.”
Their’s aren’t the only names getting credit for making this sausage story happen though. Jonah Hill seems to be getting a “story by” credit on the film as well, and Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir will also share screenplay credits. Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Madagascar 3) and Greg Tiernan (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends) have been chosen to direct. That’s a lot of guys who have been sitting around talking about sausages.
Not yet sold on seeing an animated movie about food with emotions? Clearly you don’t share Rogen and Goldberg’s passion for food, or their appreciation of the drama inherent in the idea that even one sausage might go uneaten during the nation’s celebration of independence. But maybe studio bigwig Hannah Minghella can convince you to lighten up. She said of the project, “We’re thrilled to be back in business with Seth and Evan. This project has all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect from them. Matching their unique comic sensibility with an animated film is a fun and inspired idea. We are confident Seth, Evan, Conrad and Greg will deliver one of the most memorable animated movies of all time.” So there.