Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg long ago proved they were talented screenwriters with films such as Superbad and Pineapple Express. This summer, they added “director” to their resume with This is the End. Now they’re taking those skills into a whole new area: animation.
Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote and will co-produce what’s planned to be an R-rated animated film for Sony called Sausage Party. It’s not what you think. The film actually follows a sausage on a “quest to discover the truth about his existence” and will be filled with “all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect” from the pair. Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3) and Greg Tiernan will direct the film from a story by Rogen, Goldberg and Jonah Hill and a screenplay by Rogen, Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir.
The CG animated film is aiming to be in theaters by 2015. Read the full press release below.
Here’s the full release:
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures will partner on what is expected to be an R-rated animated film titled Sausage Party, written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill, to be directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3) & Greg Tiernan, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio, and by Megan Ellison. Annapurna Pictures and Point Grey Pictures are producing.
After Point Grey and Annapurna packaged the film and presented it to the studio, Sony agreed to co-finance it with Annapurna. The film will be produced by Megan Ellison, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Conrad Vernon. The executive producers are Jonah Hill, James Weaver, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir. Nitrogen Studios Canada Inc., in Vancouver, will handle all CG animation, design, production and post-production. Sony Pictures will release the film worldwide and the studio is eyeing a release date in 2015.
Sausage Party is a raunchy animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “We’re thrilled to be back in business with Seth and Evan. This project has all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect from them. Matching their unique comic sensibility with an animated film is a fun and inspired idea. We are confident Seth, Evan, Conrad and Greg will deliver one of the most memorable animated movies of all time.”
Rogen and Goldberg most recently wrote and directed the $100 million hit Sony Pictures comedy This Is The End and are currently working on upcoming films The Interview (also for Sony Pictures) and The Neighbors.
Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for the studio along with Minghella. David Distenfeld will oversee the project for Annapurna.