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Seth Rogen says no one has “seriously talked about” making a “Freaks and Geeks” movie

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Seth Rogen has a lot of movies potentially in the works, though nothing solid on his slate right now. The film that seems to be the most likely to get off the ground first is also his directorial debut: “The Apocalypse.”

The adaptation of Rogen and Jay Baruchel‘s 2007 short film has been in pre-production for years now, but Rogen confirmed in a recent group interview promoting the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards (airing on IFC on February 25) that “The Apocalypse” is as close to being greenlit as it’s ever going to be.

“It actually seems like it might happen, so that’s really exciting for us. Studios don’t greenlight movies anymore, they just let you slowly realize that you’re making it. But I think if they still did greenlight movies, we would probably be greenlit right now,” he said about “The Apocalypse.” That echoes what he told IFC back in January when he said the movie is in its final stages of “putting everything together.”

Just don’t expect that it will be called “The Apocalypse” for long. Rogen recently learned that the title is actually owned by Fox right now, which means his team will likely have to change the name of their movie. Our vote is for the return of “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse,” but Rogen seemed to think that the final title would be not as clever.

“If we end up with a shitty title, you can blame Fox,” he joked.

With future projects up for discussion, Rogen was asked about some other hypothetical projects that he could be potentially involved in. A sequel to “Pineapple Express” has been talked about for years, but there hasn’t been much forward momentum on it. Rogen said that could change once “The Apocalypse” — or whatever it will eventually be called — starts shooting.

“‘The Apocalypse’ essentially has the same cast as ‘Pineapple Express,’ so maybe we’ll write it while we’re filming,” he said with a laugh.

Another sequel he could be attached to is a third installment of the “Kung Fu Panda” series. Rogen voices the character Mantis in those movies. “I would like it to, but I don’t know for sure,” he said of his involvement.

But the one movie that likely won’t get made is the long-hoped for big screen treatment of “Freaks and Geeks.” The show that made Rogen a star only ran for 15 episodes and, though it launched the careers of everyone from Judd Apatow and James Franco to Busy Phillips and Jason Segel, didn’t get much love when it was on the air.

“It would be funny if they did but they don’t usually make movies about TV shows that nobody watched for free. I think if they think that like if nobody watched it for free, the odds are people are going to pay $15, leave their house to go see it is probably pretty slim,” Rogen told IFC.

He added, “I don’t even know if like legally they could actually do that. It’s not something that anyone has actually like seriously talked about.”

Still, there’s a chance that one day the film could get made. It wouldn’t be the first time that a cult-favorite TV series got a big screen conclusion. “Arrested Development,” “24” and “Friday Night Lights” movies are in the works, and of course Joss Whedon got to wrap-up his series “Firefly” with the movie “Serenity” back in 2005.

“Yeah, maybe one day,” Rogen said of the chances of a “Freaks and Geeks” movie. “They did a full ‘Firefly’ movie. And it probably didn’t do well enough to justify making a movie out of a failed TV show ever again.”

Fair enough, as “Serenity” only made $25.5 million and its budget was close to “$40 million. But we can still hold out hope.


Watch Seth Rogen host the 2012 Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25 at 10/9c on IFC. And while you’re watching, don’t forget to log into IFC.com chat with our movie experts LIVE via IFC Sync, presented by Capital One.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…