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American Reunion

American Reunion
Photo: ©2012 Universal Pictures

Director(s): Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Writer(s): Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Cast: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, , Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, , Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jennifer Coolidge and Eugene Levy

Release Date(s)

Apr 6, 2012 - Wide

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Thirteen years after they first hit the screen, the American Pie cast head back to high school for American Reunion. Back in 1999, the friends’ quest was to lose their virginity. Now they’re looking for the right career, the right relationship, and, yes, the right time to have sex when there’s a toddler in the house.

The last few Pie movies had brand new casts, save for Eugene Levy, and were direct-to-DVD. But the original producers, Craig Perry, Warren Zide and Chris Moore, knew they wanted to get the original cast together. “Six years ago, I started coming to Universal every six or nine months to pitch some version of the movie,” says Moore. “Finally, the reunion idea caught on, and with the project greenlit, the challenge was to see if all of the original cast members would be on board.”

Once they were able to get the original cast together, the project was a go. Writer/directors Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg, of Harold & Kumar fame, were eager to get on board too as they were big fans when the original Pie came out of the oven. “There were a lot of youth comedies then, but they were all PG-13,” Schlossberg explains. “Jon and I always liked more outrageous comedy, and American Pie was the first movie of our generation that had young people acting and talking like young people in a real, risqué sex comedy. That was totally up our alley, and we loved it.”

Producer Craig Perry says the pair were destined to work on the film. “I’ve known Jon and Hayden since they were in college. In fact, they submitted their first screenplay to me by cold calling the first assistant director on American Pie and asking him to pass it along! I hired them to rewrite another project of mine a few years after they moved to Hollywood. So having them write and direct this latest installment of the Pie franchise is something akin to destiny. Their love and passion for these movies has come full circle.”

Of course this is an American Pie movie, so the objectives are a bit different than, say, Citizen Kane. As Jon Hurwitz says of Jason Biggs, “He’s absolutely fearless. When we were in preproduction and doing rewrites, we discussed the idea of adding one more set piece for him. I sent him an e-mail asking, ‘Do you have any interest in showing your dick?’ His reply was, ‘I will do anything for comedy, as long as it’s funny.’ And he did.”

Okay, so they’re not saving the world…but will you have a slice of pie at American Reunion when it comes out in North America on April 6th?

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