Judd Apatow is gearing up for his next directorial project following 2009′s Funny People. According to reports, he plans to reunite his Knocked Up co-stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann for a spin-off that features their characters Pete and Debbie. Previously, it was thought to be either a prequel or a sequel but it’s neither.

In Knocked Up, Mann played the older sister of Katherine Heigl’s pregnant character. She had two children (played by her real life daughters with Apatow) and was married to Rudd’s character Pete. Throughout the majority of the movie their relationship is strained and they deal with issues of trust, communication, and responsibility in a way that only Apatow could write it.

Apatow will once again pen this script, which will feature an original story surrounding the characters. The film is expected to hit theaters on June 1, 2012.

To be completely honest, we’re not sure how we feel about Apatow doing spin-offs. With the exception of Funny People, we loved his previous scripts for The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up as solo and original efforts. He typically uses the same actors in his films, so why not use them again but create new characters?

Would you be interested in seeing a feature based on Pete and Debbie?

Source: Variety