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It’s easy to dismiss Seth Rogen. In his films he always plays the foolish everyman who bumbles his way through a plan in a comedic fashion. But let’s not forget that this is a hugely successful talent, who has been a mainstay of mainstream Hollywood for close to a decade now. Along the way he’s picked up a few tricks of the trade too, and the latest one he learned was from Marvel Studios themselves.
Seth Rogen made this admission during his recent chat with Uproxx, while promoting his role in Steve Jobs. When quizzed about the status of Neighbors 2, Rogen admitted that he's been watching plenty of Pixar and Marvel films while working as a star and a producer on the film. So why the Marvel sequels? Well, Rogen loves just how "effortless" they are, explaining:
It really is [about] what’s the next logical chapter? It seems to be what those movies do well. They’re not trying to like recapture anything, they’re really looking forward. They’re looking at what would be happening next. And once we did that, we actually came up with tons of ideas and realized that there was enough to write what would be an entirely different movie.
Marvel have had plenty of success with their sequels, both financial and critically. For example, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier are widely regarded as the best instalments to their respective franchises, while raking in obscene amounts of cash. Obviously, on the other side of the coin, the less said about Avengers: Age Of Ultron the better; not to mention that while Thor: The Dark World was also a worthy follow-up, it was still lacking in comparison to Thor because of its villain.
Pixar, meanwhile, have had relatively mixed success in this field. Sure Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 were so ingeniously created and moulded that now the franchise is regarded as the greatest trilogy in the history of cinema, but the studio still has its black sheep. Monsters University and Cars 2 were only met with mixed reviews, even though they each prospered at the box office. Both films started to worry audiences as the studio looked to be depending on sequels to stay afloat.
Will Seth Rogen succeed with a Neighbors sequel though? This is a particularly hard genre to master when it comes to follow-ups, and there’s only a handful of examples of comedy sequels that are superior to the original. However, Seth Rogen’s creative prowess means that he might be able to escape this trajectory, despite the fact that the original Neighbors, while funny enough, didn’t really show the potential for a sequel. Who'd have thought that the movie in the trailer below would be the basis for at least one follow-up?
Neighbors 2 will once again be directed by Nicholas Stoller, produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, and James Weaver, and written by Andrew J Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The sequel will now see Mac (Seth Rogen) and Teddy (Zac Efron) joining together to take on the sorority girls that have moved into the old frat house. Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron will once again star, with Chloe Grace Moretz and Selena Gomez joining the cast. Neighbors 2 is set for a May 20, 2016, release date.