Is the world truly ready for Sausage Party?
The answer is decidedly yes! The R-rated animated movie set in a supermarket took in $34.2 million at the box office in its first weekend, hoping to feed off your laughter and the awkward attraction that comes with watching food try to get it on with other food.
With its edgy humor and advanced praise, Sausage Party caught the attention of moviegoers everywhere with a terrific voice cast, inventive story, solid reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (82% Fresh) and its promise to deliver a supersized amount of delicious profanity.
But will it be enough to warrant a sequel?
While speaking to cowriter, producer and star Seth Rogen in advance of the film's release, Fandango confirmed he wants to make a sequel, or at least another R-rated animated movie.
"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 said. "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 [Sausage Party] 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!"
The following contains spoilers for the ending of Sausage Party -- you've been warned!
Regarding the Sausage Party sequel, that's something teased at the end of the film and an element of it may have existed in the film's original ending. When Sausage Party first screened as a work in progress at the SXSW Film Festival in March, the film featured a different ending than the one in its theatrical release.
In that ending, the animated characters step through a magical portal into our live-action world and discover their live-action counterparts, who are actually the actors that voice them in the film. It's all very meta and a nod to endings like the one for The Lego Movie, but it was scrapped in part because they may want to save that hybrid element for the sequel.
"It's something we talk about, yeah," Rogen said. "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."
The success of a film like Deadpool means audiences are hungry for clever R-rated comedies that do something different with the familiar, and Sausage Party should hopefully benefit from that. If it does, it could be a whole new universe to explore for Rogen and his pals, who with films like Sausage Party and This Is the End are not-so quietly carving out this niche as collaborators taking the most interesting risks when it comes to big-screen comedy these days.
An R-rated Who Framed Roger Rabbit-type film would be a great next step if it maintained the level of inventiveness that's in Sausage Party, but we're not there yet. The first (and perhaps only) Sausage Party is now in theaters and doing well.
Now we'll see if folks are still hungry for more.