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HBO Max Acquires Seth Rogen’s Comedy ‘An American Pickle’

HBO Max Acquires Seth Rogen’s Comedy ‘An American Pickle’

HBO Max has acquired the rights to An American Pickle starring Seth Rogen. Rogen stars in dual leading roles in the adaptation of the 2013 New Yorker series Sell Out by Simon Rich who also adapted the story for the movie.

HBO acquired the movie from Sony Pictures so the movie would not get delayed due to the movie theater closures from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. An American Pickle will be available on the streamer for audiences this year.

An American Pickle follows Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen) who immigrates to America in the 1920s dreaming of building a better life for his family. While working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present-day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great-grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max to release this film. We worked very hard and put as much of ourselves in this story as possible. We’re very proud of the end result and we can’t wait for people to get to see it” said Rogen.

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The movie is directed by Brandon Trost, who has been the cinematographer in This is the End, Neighbors, and The Interview which Rogen starred in. Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver are producers for Point Grey.  Executive producers are Rich, Point Grey’s Alex McAtee, and Ted Gidlow. 

Seth Rogen, Point Grey, Simon Rich, and Brandon Trost are all repped at UTA.

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