Seth Rogen working on physical comedy, Escape

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The planned action movie Escape from Seth Rogen will solely focus on physical comedy rather than verbal humour, it says here.

Seth Rogen has been chatting about what he hopes will be his next project, an action movie that relies entirely on physical humour titled Escape. Working along the same principles of a set-piece filled action movie such as you might see from Buster Keaton or Jackie Chan, Rogen has revealed that the project doesn’t even have a script. Instead, it uses a physical flip-book with images, so heavily reliant is it on physical humour.

Speaking about the project, Rogen said: that “we were like, ‘why are those just the supporting things? Why are those, amidst a sea of talky jokes, these things that pop up once in a while? Why don’t we make a bunch of these jokes and not rely on verbal humour?”

It’s an interesting approach and would certainly make for the sort of film that we don’t see so much anymore. Rogen’s films have always enjoyed a strong element of physical humour and it’s certainly a genre that is due a revival. Some of the physical gags in films like Pineapple Express or the pratfall at the beginning of Long Shot are some of his most memorable sequences, so we’ll be interested to see if this project comes to fruition.

Rogen also talked about how the director Alfonso Cuaron is an inspiration for the project, by choosing mid-career to focus on the films he wanted to make. “[Cuaron] talked about making [Y Tu Mama Tambien] after he’d made some big studio films. And he said ‘with this one, we wanted to make the movie we would have made before we even went to film school, as though we knew nothing. … reset what I’m known for and take insane swings'”.

This project certainly sounds like a wild swing but we’re intrigued regardless. As we hear more on this one, we’ll let you know.

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