THR report that Rogen and Goldberg have signed on at Columbia to co-direct and -produce the comedy, and we have nothing but high hopes for the project.
Rogen is also set to star, and frequent collaborator James Franco (Pineapple Express, This Is The End) is being eyed for a co-leading role. Though talks are yet to begin with Franco, we’re keeping our fingers tightly crossed. Seeing Rogen and Franco back on screen together would only be a great thing.
“A topical comedy, the story revolves around a handsome talk show host (potentially Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who find themselves in way over their heads when they get involved in a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea.”
Rogen and Goldberg have also co-written The Interview’s script, based on a story they wrote with Dan Sterling (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Girls).
Having worked with Rogen and Goldberg on the upcoming This Is The End, Columbia are understandably keen to have the two get back behind the camera. There aren’t many filmmakers – arguably, any – making quite the blend of comedy that Rogen and Goldberg bring to the screen at the moment. And that’s exactly one of the reasons why I can’t wait for This Is The End to come out. So it’s definitely awesome news in my books that they’re coming back for more with The Interview.
The film is expected to be made on a budget of $30m., and if it’s anywhere near as good as the potential that the premise has, then the studio will no doubt have a big comedy hit on their hands. This is one we’ll be keeping a close eye on. More as we get it.