“American Pie” is a late-’90s classic. But “American Pie 2″ and “American Wedding,” the concept’s second and third parts? Well, they were pretty abysmal. And don’t even remind me of the straight-to-DVD spin-offs “American Pie: The Naked Mile,” “American Pie: Band Camp,” and “American Pie: Beta House.” Universal Pictures isn’t deterred, though. They are looking to reboot the franchise 12 years later, with a fourth installment that will veer truer to the original. Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, and Eugene Levy have already signed on the dotted line for the new movie and deals are in the works for Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, and Jennifer Coolidge. Alyson Hannigan may or may not be involved.
This news comes a day after Seann William Scott announced that he was checking into a treatment center for “health and personal issues.” Actually, several of his original co-stars have had “personal issues,” haven’t they?Back in the day, Chris Klein was in love and planning to marry Katie Holmes. But their engagement was called off in 2005 and shortly after, Tom Cruise was jumping on Oprah’s couch over her. He’s also been through two DUIs and a rehab stint at Cirque Lodge since the original “American Pie.”
Tara Reid hasn’t fared much better. After a broken engagement to Carson Daly. she developed a reputation for being quite a party girl. She had loads of botched plastic surgery—which was revealed to the world in an unfortunate nip slip. Oh, and her wedding to Michael Atmann was called off last year.
But maybe this new movie will turn things around for them. Chris and Paul Weitz, who directed the original, are excited for the new installment, which they will executive produce.
“In some ways, like any reunion, it would be about the nostalgia element. For the time that it came out. For how people felt when they first saw it,” says Chris. “And now to experience it again with all the pathos and humor that implies.”
What do you think—are you excited about this one?