Rogen to Co-Direct and Co-Star in ‘The Interview’, Reteaming with Franco
Seth Rogen is set to co-star in The Interview, which he will also co-direct, co-produce and co-wrote with his partner Evan Goldberg. The project would potentially team Rogen with his Pineapple Express co-star James Franco, who also stars in Rogen and Goldberg’s directorial debut This is the End. The Interview’s plot seems like a manic adventure-comedy similar to Pineapple Express. Franco (who hasn’t officially signed on yet) would star as a talk show host, with Rogen playing his producer, who both get mixed up in an assassination plot on the prime minister of North Korea.
Columbia Pictures would release the film, as they did with Pineapple Express and This is the End, which opens June 14th. Rogen and Goldberg wrote the screenplay with Daily Show writer Dan Sterling. The Interview is targeted at a mid-range budget of $30 million (standard for most Rogen projects.) Franco and Rogen first met on Freaks and Geeks in 1999, and in addition to their previously mentioned collaborations, Franco also cameoed in Rogen’s Knocked Up and The Green Hornet. Rogen was also on-hand to introduce Franco during the presentation of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this month.