The American Pie franchise is returning to the big screen! After four direct to DVD sequels, American Pie Presents: Band Camp, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile, American Pie Presents: Beta House and American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, the beloved teen-sex-comedy series is headed back to movie theaters with American Pie 4. In fact, according to producer Craig Perry, you can also expect to see the return of many familiar faces from the original theatrical movies as well. We recently had a chance to catch up with Craig Perry and we asked the busy producer to tell us about the future of the popular franchise.
"Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg who wrote the Harold & Kumar series are writing it and potentially writing a new theatrical. So we're going back to theatrical with hopefully the original cast. I think like anything it depends on the script and the script is being worked on and we'll see where we land."
Finally, since the original film came out over a decade ago and those actors, as well as the film's original audience, are no longer teenagers, we asked Perry how the film will attract a new audience in addition to bringing back fans of the first movie?
"Like any studio film you want to hit as wide an audience as you can. The benefit is that these movies, particularly the first one, I think still work because it's about the same issues that everyone deals with ... sex, which is a universal theme. So you can watch that movie at sixteen now and it still plays as well as it did ten years ago, so our audience has grown up. But as long as we make the humor so that those sixteen year olds that sneak in to the theater, because it is R-rated, but the sixteen year olds that show up will appreciate the humor as long as it is specific to the characters that we established, then it won't appear like we are pandering. We have to be careful, the characters need to grow up but no one grows up that much, especially in these films. When you reunite with your friends from high school or college, you revert back to the way you were then. I'm sure you know people from the South who move to New York and loose their accent but the second they return home they are talking with a Southern drawl again, so I think we are going to play on those ideas."