Last weekend, the R-rated, animated, food-based romp that is #SonyPictures' Sausage Party opened with a huge success that no one saw coming. There was a lot going for it: an incredible cast of familiar faces (Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, albeit in sausage form), a sizzling trailer that generated a lot of buzz, and the fact that Suicide Squad dipped after a huge first weekend. Raking in $55 million so far at the box office and with a commanding score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it's fair to say that the party was a complete success. During an interview at SDCC, Rogen already confirmed his intentions on pursuing a follow up so we're going to take a look at what it will take for this party to rage on and for Sausage Party to get a sequel.
Getting The Squad Back Together
The central appeal of Sausage Party was the gravitational force of the gang that brought you This Is The End: Franco, Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Michael Cera. The kind of chemistry these guys have isn't something you can create out of thin air or simply buy with money. It's clear that these guys go way back and that kind of infectious energy comes across on screen, whether they're surviving the apocalypse or in the form of food.
Seth Rogen has already come up with some ideas for where they want to take the sequel. The final scene left the door open for a sequel that could potentially take a page out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit's book and mix live-action with animation. Rogen seems super excited to pursue that idea with the original cast if he manages to get the sequel. Speaking to Empire, Rogen said of a sequel:
“It’s something we talk about, yeah. that’s one of the reasons why we took away the [original] ending…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.”
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Expanding The Story And Universe
The key to sequel success is always about returning to what works and adding more to that; fixing what is broken and adding new voices to the cast. Sausage Party was firing at 10 jokes a minute and they might have exhausted the sexual innuendos and food-based puns already. As we've seen with the success of BoJack Horseman and its predecessors, Family Guy and The Simpsons, both critics and audiences love seeing adult themes and humor brought to an animated world.
In recent years, the biggest sequels have obviously come from the superhero realm. This is mostly because these film franchises are pulling from a pre-existing universe, so they have tons of source material to play with. It will be interesting to see how the writers respond to the challenge. Will they set the action in a foreign location? Hot Dog travels the world?
The reason Sausage Party was such a success financially was initially due to its tiny budget of a reported $19 million. This is small even for animation, which begged the question of where they cut corners. The animators at Nitrogen studios came out against the producers, claiming they were overworked and underpaid in what could be considered illegal working conditions. However, the representatives from Nitrogen studios have since put these allegations to rest, saying:
These claims are without merit. Our production adhered to all overtime laws and regulations, as well as our contractual obligations with our artists.
This is not the first time Rogen and Franco have gotten into trouble working with Sony — lest we forget the release of The Interview, which was mired in controversy when hackers leaked thousands of emails revealing the troubled production. An important stepping stone to a sequel is dodging another messy, public scandal. Will they be able to produce another Sausage Party if the production will cost twice as much?
What or who would you like to see in Sausage Party 2?