Break out the Milky Ways! This Is the End co-writer/director Evan Goldberg has shared some awesomely meta ideas for a sequel to the apocalypse comedy. Actually, this is just the latest in weird movie sequel ideas to be thrown out this week, including bizarre story ideas for 2015’s Jurassic Park IV, Val Kilmer’s pitch for a sequel to Michael Mann’s Heat, and a remix of Spring Breakers suggested by Harmony Korine.
Goldberg himself tells Screen Daily that he thinks “there’s a good chance of a sequel,” but cautions that his writing-directing partner Seth Rogen probably doesn’t feel the same way. The fact is — SPOILER ALERT — how could there possibly be a sequel to This Is the End? The movie ends with everybody either dying on Earth or being Raptured into Heaven. So, Goldberg suggests that a follow-up would go even more meta.
“We actually talked about doing a sequel where it starts at the premiere of This is the End,” he says. “Seth’s a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and the Backstreet Boys are back. We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam.” That sounds crazy, but then again the idea of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and co. playing versions of themselves in an apocalyptic Los Angeles in the first place was pretty nuts.
Leaked sequel ideas for Jurassic Park IV push the “weird envelope” even further. JoBlo.com reported that the concept for the 2015 movie is that Isla Nublar, the island from Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 film, is now a fully-operational dinosaur theme park, as was originally intended, with 10 million visitors a year. Instead of Shamu, the park features shows with aquatic dinosaurs that jump out of the water and devour Great White Sharks whole. The Velociraptors and T-Rexes have now been tamed, and when an even more formidable dinosaur gets on the loose, the park’s managers use the raptors and T-Rexes to fight back. This still isn’t as crazy as John Sayles’ idea for gun-toting dinosaurs in an early draft years ago, but it’s getting close.
But the one that may take the proverbial cake is Val Kilmer’s pitch for a sequel to Michael Mann’s Heat. Appearing on Larry King’s Hulu show, Kilmer revealed a dastardly new way his character could torment Robert De Niro in a sequel. “Here’s my pitch,” Kilmer said. “You remember Natalie Portman in it? She’s Pacino’s adopted daughter, so she comes home and says, ‘Daddy, daddy, I want you to meet my fiancé.’ And it’s me. He’s retired and I come to Chicago where he’s retired back to and I’m going to torture him, and then I’m going to kill him.” If the full creepiness of that scenario doesn’t immediately strike you, consider this: Kilmer was 36 when he starred in the original 1995 film; Portman was 14. Yeah.
Who knows if we’ll ever see any of these ideas on the big screen? Kilmer just seemed to be free-associating with his idea, and the rumors about Jurassic Park IV are nebulous at best. The one that really might happen? The This Is the End sequel. After all, Goldberg and Rogen are next collaborating on a film called The Interview, in which a talk show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) get caught up in a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un. So anything is possible with them. If they do produce a follow-up to This Is the End, though, it’ll have to be pretty amazing to top their recent apocalyptic parody of The Real World.