Seth Rogen Sticks to Directing for 'The Interview' with James Franco
This summer Seth Rogen makes his directorial debut with his Superbad writing partner Evan Goldberg with the apocalyptic comedy This is the End. The film features all the usual suspects that join Rogen for comedies on the big screen, including his Pineapple Express star James Franco, and it sounds like they might work together yet again. THR has word that Rogen has signed on to direct, produce and star in a film called The Interview set up at Columbia Pictures. The film is based on a story written by Rogen, Goldberg (who are writing the screenplay) and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" writer Dan Sterling. More below!
The story is pretty timely as it follows a handsome talk show host (the role Franco is being eyed for but hasn't commenced negotiations on) 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. Now you can see why a writer from "The Daily Show" is involved in this modestly budgeted $30 million project. If I had to bet money, I'm thinking that the film will take an Argo-style approach, using the guise of an interview with the North Korean leader, to kill him. sounds like Rogen has been bit by the directing bug, and will be working just as hard behind the camera as he will in front of it, and that's fine with me.