Seth Rogen on the run in ‘Neighbors 2′ “Good comedy sequels are rare — there just aren’t that m...
'Neighbors 2' Director Nicholas Stoller on Finding Inspiration in 'Toy Story 2'
“Good comedy sequels are rare — there just aren’t that many of them.” So confessed director Nicholas Stoller earlier this week from the Hollywood edit bay of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the upcoming sequel to the hilarious 2014 hit comedy.
Stoller, 40 — who helmed a spin-off (the Forgetting Sarah Marshall follow-up Get Him to the Greek) and co-written a sequel (Muppets Most Wanted) — knows the odds are stacked against him for his second go-around with the developmentally arrested couple Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) and a house full of rowdy college kids — this time a wild-child sorority.
“As Seth and I said, ‘We just didn’t want it to suck.’” Stoller said. “Because I think a lot of people are like, 'I’m just going to take the movie and let it suck.’”
In preparation, Stoller, who co-wrote the script with Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Andrew Jay Cohen, and Brendan O’Brien, looked at those rare comedy sequels that have succeeded. There’s the most obvious candidate, 2014’s 22 Jump Street, but “it’s a totally different kind of movie,” he said. “It’s a parody of the genre, it’s a buddy-cop movie. It has very little in common with Neighbors, weirdly, even though it’s the same genre: R-rated comedy.”