In 2020, a movie where Seth Rogen is brined for 100 years doesn’t even register in the top ten weirdest events. Regardless, this off-kilter comedy is very much happening in the form of An American Pickle.
Based on the short story Sell Out by Simon Rich, here’s what we’re in for based on HBO Max’s official synopsis:
Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen) is a struggling labourer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, 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 Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.
In addition to Seth Rogen and Seth Rogen, An American Pickle will also star Maya Erskine, Sarah Snook, and Jorma Taccone. Produced by Rogen alongside career-long collaborator Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, this will mark the feature-length directorial debut of Brandon Trost – who has served as a cinematographer in other high-brow productions such as:
- Crank: High Voltage
- This Is The End
- The Interview
- The Disaster Artist
The film will be available to stream from August 6th of this year.