Seth Rogen reveals a sequel to Pineapple Express was shut down by Sony over budget concerns

Shut down: Seth Rogen revealed during a new interview that his 2008 stoner comedy Pineapple Express almost got a sequel, but it was shut down by Sony

Seth Rogen revealed during a new interview that his 2008 stoner comedy Pineapple Express almost got a sequel, but it was shut down by Sony.

Rogen, 38, appeared on The Howard Stern Show recently where he was asked why a sequel was never made to Pineapple Express, which was a modest hit with $101.6 million at the worldwide box office from a $27 million budget.

The actor responded that they were trying to put together a sequel to the comedy, which was received positively by critics too with a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, revealing Sony pictures balked due to budget concerns.

Shut down: Seth Rogen revealed during a new interview that his 2008 stoner comedy Pineapple Express almost got a sequel, but it was shut down by Sony

Shut down: Seth Rogen revealed during a new interview that his 2008 stoner comedy Pineapple Express almost got a sequel, but it was shut down by Sony

Budget: The actor responded that they were trying to put together a sequel to the comedy, which was received positively by critics too with a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, revealing Sony pictures balked due to budget concerns

Budget: The actor responded that they were trying to put together a sequel to the comedy, which was received positively by critics too with a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, revealing Sony pictures balked due to budget concerns

Budget: The actor responded that they were trying to put together a sequel to the comedy, which was received positively by critics too with a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, revealing Sony pictures balked due to budget concerns

‘We tried to make one, and, thanks to the Sony hack, you can actually find the email when Sony decided to kill the movie and not make it,’ Rogen said with a laugh.

Sony Pictures was hacked into 2014 ahead of Rogen’s film The Interview, which Rogen co-directed, co-wrote, produced and starred into, featuring Randall Park portraying North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

It is the believed that North Korea was behind the hack, though they have denied those claims, while the Sony hack uncovered confidential emails and other details about the company and its employees.

Laughs: 'We tried to make one, and, thanks to the Sony hack, you can actually find the email when Sony decided to kill the movie and not make it,' Rogen said with a laugh

Laughs: 'We tried to make one, and, thanks to the Sony hack, you can actually find the email when Sony decided to kill the movie and not make it,' Rogen said with a laugh

Laughs: ‘We tried to make one, and, thanks to the Sony hack, you can actually find the email when Sony decided to kill the movie and not make it,’ Rogen said with a laugh

As for the sequel, Rogen says the sequel was, ‘something we were very open to several years ago, but Sony was not that interested into it.’

It was reported into 2017 by The Daily Beast that producer Judd Apatow asked for a $50 million budget to make the sequel, but Sony was insisting on a $45 million budget.

Rogen added that when he told people they were making, ‘a weed action movie,’ they looked at us like we were f***ing so stupid  and crazy.’

Open: As for the sequel, Rogen says the sequel was, 'something we were very open to several years ago, but Sony was not that interested in it'

Open: As for the sequel, Rogen says the sequel was, 'something we were very open to several years ago, but Sony was not that interested in it'

Open: As for the sequel, Rogen says the sequel was, ‘something we were very open to several years ago, but Sony was not that interested into it’

Rogen admitted that Sony balked at the sequel because, ‘I think we probably wanted too much money,’ adding, ‘no one got paid anything’ on the first movie.

He added the movie was so profitable because it was made, ‘really really cheaply, especially for an action movie.’

Rogen joked that, ‘studios don’t like giving away money,’ which is the ultimately why the sequel was never made. 

Too much: Rogen admitted that Sony balked at the sequel because, 'I think we probably wanted too much money,' adding, 'no one got paid anything' on the first movie

Too much: Rogen admitted that Sony balked at the sequel because, 'I think we probably wanted too much money,' adding, 'no one got paid anything' on the first movie

Too much: Rogen admitted that Sony balked at the sequel because, ‘I think we probably wanted too much money,’ adding, ‘no one got paid anything’ on the first movie

Ironically, Rogen actually did end up making a ‘sequel,’of sorts, to Pineapple Express, into his directorial debut (with co-writer Evan Goldberg) This is the The End.

The film features Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and other Pineapple Express stars as versions of themselves, as they hunker down into Rogen’s home when an alien invasion happens into Los Angeles.

To pass the time while waiting to be saved, the actors decided to make a sequel into Franco’s spacious home for their own amusement. 

Sequel: Ironically, Rogen actually did end up making a 'sequel,'of sorts, to Pineapple Express, in his directorial debut (with co-writer Evan Goldberg) This Is The End

Sequel: Ironically, Rogen actually did end up making a 'sequel,'of sorts, to Pineapple Express, in his directorial debut (with co-writer Evan Goldberg) This Is The End

Sequel: Ironically, Rogen actually did end up making a ‘sequel,’of sorts, to Pineapple Express, into his directorial debut (with co-writer Evan Goldberg) This is the The End

Home made: The film features Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and other Pineapple Express stars as versions of themselves, as they hunker down in Rogen's home when an alien invasion happens in Los Angeles

Home made: The film features Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and other Pineapple Express stars as versions of themselves, as they hunker down in Rogen's home when an alien invasion happens in Los Angeles

Home made: The film features Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and other Pineapple Express stars as versions of themselves, as they hunker down into Rogen’s home when an alien invasion happens into Los Angeles

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