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Judd Apatow Will Create a Sideways Universe for Knocked Up

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 7, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 7, 2011 |

I loved Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up. No, I mean: I really loved Knocked Up. I remember very specifically writing in my review, “Welcome to a new Hollywood, folks — it’s Judd Apatow’s world,” a prediction that would actually come to fruition for a couple of years there, as Apatow’s influence littered the release schedule in films like, I Love You, Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, Superbad and Step Brothers.

That influence has waned recently, as the comic book genre has replaced the bromance as the studio’s top priority, but now Apatow is looking to return with a spin-off of Knocked Up. There’s no title yet, but the film will focus on Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters in Knocked Up and their dysfunctional relationship. It was their relationship that felt the most real in Knocked Up and undeniably because it was likely based on Apatow’s own real-life relationship with Mann. The whole fantasy-baseball subplot might have rang ridiculous to some, but it felt very real to a lot of us, as did that entire relationship. And because they already have children, it will probably play like a spiritual sequel, something akin to Knocked Up: The Teenager Years.

No word on whether Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl will return for the sequel, but I wouldn’t count on Heigl returning (Rogen almost certainly will). Maybe Apatow will take the opportunity to kill off Heigl’s character in some terrifically embarrassing way to avenge Heigl’s slights, although Apatow is probably not as petty as I’d be in the same situation. Of course, if this happens similar to the way Get Him to the Greek happened, Jonah Hill will return, but as a completely different character and Dan Carlson will completely lose his shit.

Anyway, that’s happening. It’s due to hit theaters in June 2012.

(Source: Variety)

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