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Judd Apatow's next film will be a sequel / spinoff of Knocked Up

01.07.2011

After the disappointing critical and commercial success of FUNNY PEOPLE, many people were wondering what Judd Apatow would do next. As it turns out, he took some time off, got back to producing (this year he has Kristen Wiig's BRIDESMAIDS and the Paul Rudd comedy WANDERLUST both set for release) and slowly set out to answer that question in his own mind. Apatow has been quietly working on his next script and now we have some insight as to where Apatow is going with his fourth directorial project and, as it turns out, he's going back to what launched him into A-list status.

Apatow's next project will star Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, his stars from KNOCKED UP, as...his stars from KNOCKED UP. Mann and Rudd will reprise their roles as Debbie and Pete, the dysfunctional couple juxtaposed next to Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen's characters. While I have no information to back this up, I think it's very likely that Maude and Iris Apatow (Judd and Leslie's real life daughters) will also return to play the children of Debbie and Pete.

What is much less likely is the return of Katherine Heigl who openly criticized Apatow after the success of KNOCKED UP saying that the film was "sexist" and "paints women as shrews, as humorless and uptight." Apatow was as diplomatic as he could be publicly saying, "You'd think at some point I'd get a call saying 'Sorry, I was tired...' and then the call never comes."

Heigl won't be returning but what of Seth Rogen's character who became friendly with Rudd's Pete throughout the course of KNOCKED UP? Would he still have the baby? So many questions and unfortunately little in the way of answers at this point. All we really know are that Mann and Rudd are back as their KNOCKED UP characters and that the film will begin shooting this summer for a June 1, 2012 release.

UPDATE - Apatow posted a little nugget on Twitter only slightly elaborating on the news: "it takes place currently. Lots of fun details to it but I will keep them quiet for a little while."

UPDATE 2 - I'm told the film won't really be a spinoff but to think of it how Aldous Snow was in both FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and GET HIM TO THE GREEK.

Extra Tidbit: While I problems with it narratively, I still thought FUNNY PEOPLE was funny as hell.
Source: Variety

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11:21AM on 01/08/2011
I hope Rogen's character returns in a similar capacity to what Rudd's character was in KU or at least an extended cameo with them on a play date or something. Just throw in a couple of lines about how Heigl's character got a huge job in New York, became a raging bitch that lost touch with her sister and Rogen won custody and became best friends with Rudd's character.
I hope Rogen's character returns in a similar capacity to what Rudd's character was in KU or at least an extended cameo with them on a play date or something. Just throw in a couple of lines about how Heigl's character got a huge job in New York, became a raging bitch that lost touch with her sister and Rogen won custody and became best friends with Rudd's character.
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10:14AM on 01/08/2011
I though funny People was pretty good. So far I haven't seen a bad film from Apatow, so sure, I'll go for this.

This also reminds me that I need to get my mom to watch Knocked Up.
I though funny People was pretty good. So far I haven't seen a bad film from Apatow, so sure, I'll go for this.

This also reminds me that I need to get my mom to watch Knocked Up.
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4:47AM on 01/08/2011
They should have had Paul Rudd or Jason Segel play Adam Sandlers character in Funny People, that was my main problem with that film Sandler was just awfull!
They should have had Paul Rudd or Jason Segel play Adam Sandlers character in Funny People, that was my main problem with that film Sandler was just awfull!
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11:16AM on 01/08/2011
You missed the point. Everybody missed the point of the awesomeness that was Funny People; a flawed, but strong dramatic effort.
You missed the point. Everybody missed the point of the awesomeness that was Funny People; a flawed, but strong dramatic effort.
2:56AM on 01/08/2011
Love Knocked Up, Rudd, Apatow and Rogen. Cannot wait!

On update 2 -- That's the definition of a spinoff...
Love Knocked Up, Rudd, Apatow and Rogen. Cannot wait!

On update 2 -- That's the definition of a spinoff...
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1:10AM on 01/08/2011
Sounds interesting to me. It's from Apatow so I'm sure it will be good :)
Sounds interesting to me. It's from Apatow so I'm sure it will be good :)
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8:30PM on 01/07/2011
i dont know if i like this idea, Get Him to the Greek wasnt very funny, but Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann have good chemistry but im sure it will be a lot of them arguing with each other.
i dont know if i like this idea, Get Him to the Greek wasnt very funny, but Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann have good chemistry but im sure it will be a lot of them arguing with each other.
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7:44PM on 01/07/2011
The only problem with Funny People was that it was marketed so that people were expecting it too be the type of comedy Virgin and Knocked Up were, but in fact funny people was more of drama that happened to be about comedians. Anyway, Apatow is my favorite comedic director right now so I look forward to his next film.
The only problem with Funny People was that it was marketed so that people were expecting it too be the type of comedy Virgin and Knocked Up were, but in fact funny people was more of drama that happened to be about comedians. Anyway, Apatow is my favorite comedic director right now so I look forward to his next film.
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6:17PM on 01/07/2011
Aw I hope we don't twist the spin off in to a bunch of family comedy involving Rudd's daughters. While Knocked Up was hilarious, the daughter junk was too cutesy.
Aw I hope we don't twist the spin off in to a bunch of family comedy involving Rudd's daughters. While Knocked Up was hilarious, the daughter junk was too cutesy.
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5:49PM on 01/07/2011

AGREED @ extra tidbit.

a lot of people didnt think that Funny People was very good or funny but the truth is that it is a good film. And in my opinion the film is fuckin hysterical. and one of Adam Sandlers only good acting roles.
a lot of people didnt think that Funny People was very good or funny but the truth is that it is a good film. And in my opinion the film is fuckin hysterical. and one of Adam Sandlers only good acting roles.
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3:11PM on 01/07/2011
I really don't like Judd Apatow. Especially after I heard about all of the complaints from non Jewish actors being descriminated against during the audition process of Funny People. Over 15 non Jewish actors auditioned for leading roles in Funny People, and not one of them got the part. Apatow wanted an all Jewish cast, and hollywood said "ok, that's cool with us". Apatow...what a racist douch bag.
I really don't like Judd Apatow. Especially after I heard about all of the complaints from non Jewish actors being descriminated against during the audition process of Funny People. Over 15 non Jewish actors auditioned for leading roles in Funny People, and not one of them got the part. Apatow wanted an all Jewish cast, and hollywood said "ok, that's cool with us". Apatow...what a racist douch bag.
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3:09PM on 01/07/2011

Mr. Sampson

Ive noticed a few writers at this site do this. They start off a story with what appears to be a FACTUAL statement but it is actually their own summary of other people's opinions or just their own opinion.

"After the disappointing critical and commercial success..."

It is factual that it was a disappointing commercial success. However, critically it was seen as an above average movie. Lets use the universally known critic meter, Rotten Tomatoes.

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146 fresh 71 rotten. I wouldnt
Ive noticed a few writers at this site do this. They start off a story with what appears to be a FACTUAL statement but it is actually their own summary of other people's opinions or just their own opinion.

"After the disappointing critical and commercial success..."

It is factual that it was a disappointing commercial success. However, critically it was seen as an above average movie. Lets use the universally known critic meter, Rotten Tomatoes.

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146 fresh 71 rotten. I wouldnt call that disappointing by any means. I would at the LEAST call it average.

We could also use the average joe meter at RT which states the movie at about a 58%. Which is closer to disappointing but still more than half the people that saw it, liked it. I choose to side with the average of all the critics considering that is what they do for a living and most people i meet do not know what a good film is.

Anyways, just because this silly media news site, doesnt mean you can slack on your articles. Do some homework before writing something inaccurate.
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4:45PM on 01/07/2011
pretty sure they meant disappointing critical success in relation to apatow's other films, no?
pretty sure they meant disappointing critical success in relation to apatow's other films, no?
2:26PM on 01/07/2011
IMO Leslie Mann is funniest when she is in smaller roles, like 40-Year-Old Virgin. Don't get me wrong, she was really funny in Knocked Up too, but a whole movie revolving around her and Rudd's characters? I don't know. Apatow is either going to have a hell of a time writing it and making it funny as hell proving all skeptics wrong, or he's going to totally phone it in and it will be mediocre, and prove all skeptics right.
IMO Leslie Mann is funniest when she is in smaller roles, like 40-Year-Old Virgin. Don't get me wrong, she was really funny in Knocked Up too, but a whole movie revolving around her and Rudd's characters? I don't know. Apatow is either going to have a hell of a time writing it and making it funny as hell proving all skeptics wrong, or he's going to totally phone it in and it will be mediocre, and prove all skeptics right.
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1:19PM on 01/07/2011

Funnily enough...

I though Funny People was his best work and most real, to be sure. And I thought most critics agreed.

Painting with rather large strokes there, Sampson.

But I am definitely on the hook with Rudd and Mann... playing themselves. Funnily enough.
I though Funny People was his best work and most real, to be sure. And I thought most critics agreed.

Painting with rather large strokes there, Sampson.

But I am definitely on the hook with Rudd and Mann... playing themselves. Funnily enough.
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12:53PM on 01/07/2011
cool, and maybe jonah hill can play a completely different character in this film.

cough.
cool, and maybe jonah hill can play a completely different character in this film.

cough.
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12:25PM on 01/07/2011
I still hate Apatow for stealing the story for Knocked Up from a Canadian author who wrote it years before.
I still hate Apatow for stealing the story for Knocked Up from a Canadian author who wrote it years before.
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1:29PM on 01/07/2011
Judd_A? Is that you Judd Apatow? DID YOU STEAL THE IDEA FOR YOUR OWN MOVIE?! I need answers.
Judd_A? Is that you Judd Apatow? DID YOU STEAL THE IDEA FOR YOUR OWN MOVIE?! I need answers.
5:31PM on 01/07/2011
Busted!
Busted!
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11:26AM on 01/07/2011

Apatow needs Paul Feig back

I don't find Apatow's stuff to be very good at all. The best work he did was Freaks and Geeks and that's because he had Paul Feig as co-creator. Apatow needs someone to rein him in
I don't find Apatow's stuff to be very good at all. The best work he did was Freaks and Geeks and that's because he had Paul Feig as co-creator. Apatow needs someone to rein him in
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10:30AM on 01/07/2011

update 2...

...that's called a spin-off
...that's called a spin-off
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10:23AM on 01/07/2011
Funny People was awesome.
Funny People was awesome.
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9:56AM on 01/07/2011
Guy just needs to make a new movie, but I liked Funny People. Honestly im just sick to death of Rogen. Guy is the same damn character in every movie.
Guy just needs to make a new movie, but I liked Funny People. Honestly im just sick to death of Rogen. Guy is the same damn character in every movie.
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9:56AM on 01/07/2011

Get Him To the Greek was a spin-off,

..in a sense. From a time-line perspective it didn't match up with forgetting Sarah Marshal per se, but she did have a cameo in it.
..in a sense. From a time-line perspective it didn't match up with forgetting Sarah Marshal per se, but she did have a cameo in it.
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9:27AM on 01/07/2011
Personally, Funny People bored me and Knocked Up was mildly funny. I would prefer if Apatow did something original with a new character.
Personally, Funny People bored me and Knocked Up was mildly funny. I would prefer if Apatow did something original with a new character.
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9:25AM on 01/07/2011

seth rogan on howard stern

he was on stern yesterday and it was a really good interview, most about green lantern which i had no desire to see but he really sold it well. ANYWAY stern did grill him a little about Kheigl and it doesnt sound like they would be working together anytime soon. good riddens anyway her career is going to the fishes
he was on stern yesterday and it was a really good interview, most about green lantern which i had no desire to see but he really sold it well. ANYWAY stern did grill him a little about Kheigl and it doesnt sound like they would be working together anytime soon. good riddens anyway her career is going to the fishes
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12:53PM on 01/07/2011
Why would Rogen talk about Green Lantern ? I know you meant Green Hornet but ... come on dude.
Why would Rogen talk about Green Lantern ? I know you meant Green Hornet but ... come on dude.
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9:15AM on 01/07/2011
"paints women as shrews, as humorless and uptight."

I think Heigl described herself right there.
"paints women as shrews, as humorless and uptight."

I think Heigl described herself right there.
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9:27AM on 01/07/2011
I think that's what everyone else thought.
I think that's what everyone else thought.
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