With its gorgeous, colorful look and music, ‘Pineapple Express’ is easily one of Hollywood’s most-loved movies of the year.
Now, EW is bringing you the inside story behind the movie’s success, from its casting to its cast and crew.
From the day the film was first announced, director and co-writer James Cameron was working to make sure the film wouldn’t take advantage of the same formula that made ‘Pinosaurs on a Plane.’
He knew the movie would have to be different.
“The premise was that this is a story about two guys and a girl,” he told EW in 2016.
“They’ve got a family of five kids, and they’re in a house, and then one day they discover that there’s a dinosaur that is on the farm.
And this thing is bigger than life.
So, it’s really about that.
And that’s the premise.
It’s all about the characters.”
The film was initially conceived as a sci-fi adventure, with the duo starring as the kids, but Cameron was drawn to the idea of a musical that would take the story in a more comedic direction.
He also wanted the story to take place in a time where people were so busy with the internet and social media that they didn’t have time to do anything about it.
“I was just a little bit tired of it,” he said.
“I thought there’s got to be a way that there is still some kind of fun.
It just seemed like there was so much negativity about it, and I think it’s a beautiful thing to do.”
Cameron eventually settled on a musical concept involving two teenage girls who get kidnapped by aliens and forced to go back in time to rescue them.
The musical was written by John Leguizamo, who also penned ‘The Big Lebowski.’
He had to rewrite the script after it was announced that the film would be a musical.
“When you look at it as a musical, you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re going to have a story that works,” Cameron said.
“It’s all based on the idea that it’s about two people and a little girl and that’s it.
It doesn’t have a character.
So there’s no character, and that was always the big thing.”
The musical, which was eventually filmed, was also filmed in a very different time and location than the original film.
The main cast and many of the supporting characters were all in their twenties at the time of the movie, but the film’s plot has never been set in the 1950s.
“They’re all teenagers, they’re all really funny, they have fun, and the story itself is pretty much the same,” Cameron told EW.
“It’s kind of like, we’re all doing this, we have fun.
That’s kind, and it’s fun.
But there’s some elements that are more contemporary and the music is a little more contemporary.”
With the production team now working to put the film together and filming it, Cameron hopes that it will make for a really great movie.
“We’re working really hard,” he added.
“We’re going through this process of creating a new musical, and we’re trying to create something that’s not just a one-off.
It has to feel like a franchise that’s part of a franchise.
We need to get the movie together and then create something for the fans.”
Pineapples on a planeThe film’s soundtrack was composed by former ‘Frozen’ composer and vocalist Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who previously worked on ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘The Lego Movie.’
It was produced by Disney and Universal Music Group.
The film stars Adam Driver, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Stone, Laura Dern, Michael Pena, Bill Paxton, Emma Thompson, and Tom Hiddleston.
The cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Emma Watson, Colin Farrell, Michael Shannon, and Olivia Munn.
‘Pinnacles on a Train’ hits theaters on July 21, 2019.