Despite the fact that the American Pie franchise has cooled into a series of increasingly stodgy DVD releases filled with unknown cast members and small pay cheques for Eugene Levy, Universal thinks it might be worth reheating the series for a new cinema release.
The LA Times reports that the studio is now developing a version – creatively working-titled American Pie 4 – that might see the return of some of the original cast. Some of them could certainly use the career boost, since few have actually broken out much since the original three movies and most seemed headed straight for the Where Are They Now? file of minor supporting roles and their own straight-to-disc dungeons.
While Alyson Hannigan is enjoying success with TV’s How I Met Your Mother and Seann William Scott is still picking up bigger film roles (he’s in Cop Out in the coming months), the likes of Jason Biggs, Chris Klein and Shannon Elizabeth haven’t exactly seen their careers skyrocket.
Universal has declined to comment on the idea, but word that Harold And Kumar writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are talking to the studio about finding a new flavour for the film – and working in the idea that the original characters are now older – indicates that it’s pushing ahead, however slowly. Can it recapture the old magic? Or will it just go mouldy?