Sunday, 11 September 2016

Seth Rogen has an idea for a Sausage Party sequel as a controversy emerges

Sausage Party had a successful launch at the US box office last month, earning more than $33 million in its first three days. With figures like that – particularly given its reported low budget – there will be discussions about potential sequels, and co-writer and producer Seth Rogen (This Is The End) actually brought up the idea during an interview with Fandango.

Before we go any further, we would caution that there are spoilers for the end of the first film, so proceed with caution. In fact, you might want to skip this paragraph and head to the next one if you have yet to see the movie.

In the theatrical cut of the film, Sausage Party ends with the main food characters – voiced by the likes of Rogen, Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Edward Norton (Birdman) – discovering that they are actually cartoons, and head into a portal to confront their human counterparts. The work-in-progress version that screened at the SXSW festival went even further, but Rogen says they decided to snip that post-portal moment off for potential future use. "It's something we talk about, yeah," Rogen tells the site. "That's one of the reasons why we took away the original ending because we thought, well, if that was the first scene of the next movie it's probably not what you would want it to be, with them just seeing us and finding us basically. But the idea of a live-action/animated movie, like a Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-style hybrid is also very exciting, mostly because Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is one of my favorite movies of all time."

No official announcement has been made as yet, but beyond a follow-up, Rogen is also hoping that the success of the first opens the door for more adult animation. "We have ideas for other R-rated animated movies that have nothing to do with Sausage Party, and we're hoping this goes well so we get to make them," Rogen explains. "And hopefully it won't take this long to make the next one because it won't take five years to convince someone to make it. The whole problem before was there was no precedent for it, so hopefully this will show people that this is a viable thing to do... or it'll do the opposite and this will be the last R-rated animated movie that ever gets made!"

Yet even as the film has been a success, complaints have surfaced from animators and supervisors who worked on the movie for Canadian company Nitrogen. Reports of alleged unpaid overtime, lack of provided food and workers being replaced and left off the credits are littering the comment section of Cartoon Brew with the film's directors, Greg Tiernan (Thomas And Friends) and Conrad Vernon's (Shrek 2). While most of the scorn has been directed at Tiernan and the studio, the story continues to develop. None of the commenters have used their names (for fear of blacklisting), but if proved true, it is certainly a controversial part of making a film such as this at a reduced budget.

Sausage Party, meanwhile, is out in UK cinemas now.

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