Evan Goldberg Thinks 'This is The End' Sequel is Entirely Possible
If you haven't seen the apocalyptic comedy This is The End from writers and directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, you'll probably want to stop reading right now, because there's no avoiding spoilers when talking about sequel potential. ScreenDaily recently sat down with Goldberg and struck up a conversation about a sequel to the film which has proven to be quite the R-rated comedy success after pulling in just over $60 million after a little over two weeks in theaters, and that's on a $31 million film. So when asked about the possibility of follow-up, Goldberg said, "If you ask me, I’d say there’s a good chance of sequel.” Read on!
However, the co-writer and co-director followed up, "If you ask Seth [Rogen], he’d say no. So, we’ll see.” A sequel seems unlikely only because at the end of the film, nearly all of the main characters are dead, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel finally gain entry into heaven, meet up with their friend Craig Robinson, and partake in a jam session with The Backstreet Boys. It's hilariously ridiculous, and it makes for some hearty laughter. So if Goldberg thinks a sequel is a likely possibility, just where could the story go from there?
Well, in what sounds like a really interesting approach, the story that features Rogen, Baruchel and Robinson playing versions of themselves alongside James Franco, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride would get a whole lot more meta. Goldberg explains, “We actually talked about doing a sequel where it starts at the premiere of This is the End. Seth’s a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys are back." So This is The End would actually be a feature film as opposed to a "real" story, but that's just the start. We're not sure where things would go next.
Goldberg also says, “We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam.” That's pretty vague, but the fact that Rogen and Goldberg discussed some potential plotlines sounds promising. Though they could have just talked about it while they were smoking weed one day. The real hurdle is getting that kind of cast together again and Goldberg mentions, "We lucked out that they were all available. I honestly don’t know if we could get the guys together.” We won't hold our breath, but a This is The End sequel could be pretty fun. Thoughts?