Seth Rogen has signed to direct and star in The Interview, a comedy about a talk show host and his producer who get caught up in a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea. Rogen is also set to co-author the screenplay with his frequent writing partner Evan Goldberg. The film is based on a story written by Goldberg, Rogen and former Daily Show writer Dan Sterling.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Rogen’s Pineapple Express co-star James Franco may sign on to play the talk show host, though it does note that talks with Franco have yet to commence. Rogen will take the part of the producer.
The film will be Rogen’s directorial follow up to This Is The End, an apocalypse comedy due out this summer.
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Pineapple Express, this does sound like a promising project with a funny premise. It’s been awhile since North Korea was the topic of a comedy, I’m think probably Parker and Stone’s Team America: World Police. And since this looks to go in a different direction, there is plenty of fertile ground for them to work.