Got a note this morning from my good friend Frost over at Collider, who was in attendance at yesterday’s junket for Kevin Smith’s latest film Zack and Miri Make a Porno. There he got a chance to catch up with Seth Rogen, whom you might remember from just about every comedy released in the past 3 years. Yet, despite the unusually high levels of Rogen exposure, Hollywood and beyond just can’t seem to get enough of this guy. And why not — he’s usually pretty hysterical. In fact, just hearing him laugh usually keeps me entertained.
Anyway, Rogen is currently attached to a plethora of projects that are of interest, so I thought I would break it down a bit. First up, he chatted about Observe and Report, the Jody Hill-directed (The Foot Fist Way) comedy that Rogen likens to Taxi Driver, only funny:
It’s really dark. It’s like Taxi Driver. It’s like a comedic Taxi Driver. That’s literally what we wanted to make. Jody and I sat down and we were like, ‘We want to make a comedic Taxi Driver.’ If Martin Scorsese put me in a movie and wanted it to be kind of funny, but still very dark. And that’s exactly what it is and I love it. I think as a film fan I watch it and go, ‘How in the hell did we get away with this?’
Now, I don’t remember there being much humor in Taxi Driver, but a comparison like that is intriguing, to say the least. It will be interesting to see Rogen change it up a bit, heading toward a darker tone — that is, of course, if it all comes out the way he describes it. Next up was an update on The Green Hornet, which seems to be the most talked about project on Rogen’s slate. While he didn’t say a ton about it, he did take a moment to goo all over Stephen Chow, whose choice to direct the film has been the source of much buzz:
He’s a great guy. He’s really funny. And we’re just thrilled Every time we’re in a room with him we’re like ‘How the fuck did this happen? We got him! We actually got him!’ It’s really exciting and it’s exciting because a lot of people want to work with him so as we hire our production designer and cinematographers were getting to choose from very good people because, and we didn’t know this, apparently it’s as exciting to everyone else as it was to us that Stephen is making a movie in America.
They certainly should be excited — Stephen Chow is the man. His involvement alone gives both credibility and hope to the project, allowing all of us to believe that not only will it be funny, but it will also be unlike anything we could have ever expected. And finally, Rogen was asked the question of the day — what is going on with you and Ghostbusters 3? His answer, while not entirely surprising, wasn’t as enthusiastic as some might expect:
It’s hard to imagine that would be good, isn’t it? I mean just as a movie fan I am the first guy to be skeptical of that. It sounds like a terrible idea when you first hear it. At first hearing it sounds like the worst idea ever. I dunno. Maybe. I mean, that would have to be one mutherfucking good script.
‘Sounds like the worst idea ever.’ As a big time fan of Ghostbusters, I would tend to agree. It would have to be one hell of an idea combined with the right cast, combined with the perfect director in order to be even remotely good. And the chances of all that coming together perfectly are so very slim that it doesn’t even bear speculation at this point. Of course, weirder things have happened in my lifetime.
Rogen also talked more about other projects, including the upcoming Dreamworks Animation film Monsters vs. Aliens. You can read all about it over at Collider.