Judd Apatow tried hard to bring his “Superbad” cast back for a sequel, but no one was interested in ruining a big thing. Turns out, that’s not an excuse Apatow has ever agreed to. The way Apatow sees it, there’s no reason to think the cast and crew behind one of the most classic high school comedies of the 21st century wouldn’t be able to come up with and execute a worthy sequel.
“Eeryone was like, ‘No, we don’t want to screw up ‘Superbad’ by accidentally doing a shitty second one,'” Apatow recently said on the ‘Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum’ podcast (via IndieWire). “And I always said the same thing, ‘Well, that’s like saying don’t do the second episode of ‘The Sopranos.’ Like, so why do you think we’d screw up the second one?'”
“I always wanted them to do a sequel to ‘Superbad,'” Apatow said earlier in the interview. “I know that Jonas [Hill] said, “Oh, it’ll be fun to do it when we’re 70 or 80”, but I really wanted them to do a “Superbad” in college where Jonah drops out of college and shows up and visits Michael Cera in college.”
Apatow never got to do his college project “Superbad 2.” Hill revealed his aforementioned pitch for a sequel earlier this year in an interview with W Magazine, saying, “What I want to do is when we’re 80, do a ‘Superbad 2’. Like, ‘house pension ‘Superbad.’ Our spouses die and we’re single again. That’s what I want ‘Superbad 2’ to be, and it’s the only way I can make it happen.
Seth Rogen, who co-wrote “Superbad” as well as starring in it, has long been “Superbad 2’s” most vocal adversary. The actor once said that a “Superbad” sequel is the one thing he “would probably never 100% touch” for a sequel or reboot.
“Honestly, I don’t think it needs any upgrades or anything built on top of it,” Rogen said. “I’m incredibly proud of it. It really holds up – people still watch it, high school kids come to tell me they watched it for the first time and how much they loved it. It has made its way to be considered one of the best high school movies there is. I’m so scared to somehow subtract from it with a bad sequel or spin-off that I would never do it. I have so few real good accomplishments that I’m horrified to fuck with the ones I have.
“Superbad” star Christopher Mintz-Plasse revealed in 2021 that a sequel wouldn’t be a bad idea, but he pointed out that “[a female version] would be the way, for sure.