Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Universal Pictures is looking to bring the American Pie franchise back to the big screen, but not as a reboot, but a fourth film in the series featuring the cast of characters from the original trilogy. That’s right — Jim, Stiffler, Nadia, Oz, Michelle, and all the gang. LA Times reports that the studio is in talks with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writers behind the Harold and Kumar films, to script American Pie 4.
It is unknown who would return, although if I had to guess, I’d say that it might be called American Marriage, and pick up with Jim and Michelle Levenstein (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan), who might be celebrating their 10th year anniversary. Or maybe it will be called American Family, American Newborn or American Pregnancy and tell the story of the Levenstein’s having kids. But I’m not sure how any of those options might incorporate the American Pie-style raunchy comedy. Or could this generation’s teen comedy franchise grow up (like much of its audience) into something beyond that?
Update: Some readers have suggested that the film might revolve around the 10-year high school reunion in East Great Falls. Sounds like a very possible and promising idea.
Since the theatrical release of American Wedding in 2003, Universal has been sucking money out of the brand through the release of an “American Pie Presents” series of direct-to-dvd spinoffs: Band Camp, The Naked Mile Beta House, and The Book of Love. I wonder if the release of these sub-par films would hurt a potential fourth theatrical movie.