It was almost two years ago that we got a glimpse of a trailer for Jay and Seth vs The Apocalypse, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel as two guys trapped together Odd Couple-style after an apocalyptic event. As it turned out, the whole thing was a calling card for the two comedians in hopes of landing a deal for the film, and thanks to Baruchel's and Rogen's ability to work their way up the Hollywood food chain, it worked. Mandate Pictures secured the rights last year, and now Baruchel has begun to hint at a start date. During an interview with MTV Baruchel told them, "'Jay and Seth' will at the very least happen in the next year and a half for sure,"
Baruchel also went on to say that Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg were already at work on the script. As part of their deal with Mandate, they even have final say on the story. But before you get too excited, keep in mind that Rogen still has to complete work on The Green Hornet and then it is going to be a toss-up between Jay and Seth and Baruchel's hockey flick, The Goon. As to be expected, Baruchel was relatively non-committal about which project would go in front of the cameras first, saying, "Whichever one is closer to going, we'll do." I know which one I'm voting for, how about you?
After the jump; the trailer that started it all, and some of my favorite end of the world comedies...
It isn't easy to crack wise about the Apocalypse, but, that doesn't mean it hasn't been done before. Here are some of my favorite comedies about the end of the world:
You have to hand it to Stanley Kubrick for making us laugh and creeping us out at the same time.
Night of the Comet
I remember seeing this film when it came out, and even though it was pretty scary to my 9-year old sensibilities. Luckily, the valley girl jokes were enough to keep it from traumatizing me too much.
One of the few films starring Lori Petty that I was willing to watch more than once, and that's high praise coming from me. Trust me, you don't want to get me started on A League of Their Own.
Shaun Of The Dead
So technically the world doesn't end in this one, but we get pretty darn close.
This trailer is NSFW so you might want to grab some headphones, or make sure your boss isn't looking.