When American Pie was released in the summer of 1999, it was a surprise $100 Million hit and spawned two theatrical sequels and then four direct-to-video spin-offs. Which raises the question: would the upcoming American Reunion be the fourth or eighth film in the franchise? Regardless of its placement, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, and Seann William Scott have been signed for Reunion, the third theatrical sequel to the hit franchise. The film has been written by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and the two (who also wrote and directed Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) are also scheduled to direct.
THR goes on to say that other cast members like Jennifer Coolidge, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid and Mena Suvari are in negotiations. But by announcing that the fourth is going forward with those three, it’s also saying that they’d love to have the returning cast members, but the core of the new story (and the franchise) is Jim (Biggs), Jim’s Dad (Levy) and Stifler (Scott).
Unmentioned is Alyson Hannigan, whose sexually aggressive and socially awkward band nerd character got married to Biggs in the third film. In the scheme of things divorce is not an unbelievable plot development, and/or contract negotiation tool. But it also seems strange to have a film titled “Reunion” without trying to get as many of the cast together as possible.
Since only Scott seems to be working steady on the big screen, it would seem that much easier to get actors like Suvari or Shannon Elizabeth for – if nothing else – a couple of days. Universal has been looking for a fourth theatrical film for a while now, so likely this will go forward, but if more of the original cast doesn’t return, expect a title change.
Would you buy a ticket for this Reunion?