Universal Warming Up a Whole New Batch of 'American Pie'
Universal knows that if one thing is consistent in teenage culture today, it's that hormones will always be raging, and thus, there will always be an audience ready for some home-cooked, raunchy American Pie. At least that's what the studio is banking on, as LA Times' 24 Frames reports they are looking to re-bake an American Pie franchise. Going by the clever moniker American Pie 4, the film does have the interest of some of the original cast members, but it's still early in development and no deals are in place. After a series of terrible American Pie straight-to-DVD films, I think I speak for everyone when I say, enough is enough!
This isn't that surprising in this reboot obsessed industry, but with the batch of original actors now in their late 20's and early 30's, it's not as fun to witness their sexual struggles and humiliation. But what else do they have to do? The only two young actors who rode the American Pie wave to a steady, respectable acting career are Sean William Scott (next appearing in Cop Out) and Alyson Hannigan (she's currently on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother"). Meanwhile, Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Tara Reid aren't generating any buzz unless its related to a terrible movie or nude photos.
You can bet Eugene Levy will be back since he's starred in every installment including all of the straight-to-DVD American Pie Presents titles, but his comedic presence just isn't enough. As the original American Pie trilogy, if you will, came out when I was just a hormone raged teen, desperate for onscreen nudity, they hold a special place in my heart for the raunchy, silly comedies they are. But if all we're going to get is cheap nudity and sex jokes, then let it be. No need to return a franchise that officially ended in 2003. Leave it in the past, Universal, and figure out how you're going to make decent movies instead of scraping the bottom.