The original American Pie movie series came to an end in 2012 with American Reunion, but could a fifth movie still happen? Back in 1999, the sex comedy movie American Pie was released, directed by Paul Weitz in his directorial debut and written by Adam Herz. American Pie followed a group of best friends who make a pact to lose their virginity before their high school graduation, but they soon get involved in a lot of trouble that might not allow them to reach their goal.
American Pie was a financial hit, and even though it didn’t do as well with critics, it made way for a franchise with a total of nine movies, though half of them are spin-offs that didn’t get the same attention as the movies from the main series. The original movies focused on the relationship of Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs) and Michelle Flaherty (Alyson Hannigan), from their fake romance that soon became official in American Pie 2 to their wedding in the third movie appropriately titled American Wedding and their family life in American Reunion. This last one arrived almost a decade after American Wedding, and as the title says, it saw the main group reuniting after years of not seeing each other, and both viewers and characters were surprised to see that some things hadn’t changed at all, as happened with Stifler (Seann William Scott) and his obnoxious personality.
Although the purpose of American Reunion was to give closure to the main series and characters, rumors about a fifth American Pie movie quickly began to surface, and so it raises the question: will American Pie 5 ever happen?
Back in August 2012, a fifth American Pie movie was announced to be in development, with American Reunion directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg returning. However, there haven’t been substantial updates since, and in 2017, Seann William Scott said that American Reunion probably didn’t make enough at the box office to make way for a fifth movie. The latest update on American Pie 5 came in 2018 when Tara Reid revealed she had met with the directors and filming could start soon, but that didn’t happen.
With the coronavirus pandemic putting on hold many TV and movie productions, and with no word on whether there’s even a script for American Pie 5, calculating a possible release date can be tricky. Supposing the project is still alive and the pandemic ends soon, American Pie 5 could see the light in 2022 or early 2023, meaning 10 years will have passed since American Reunion, as it happened with it and American Wedding.
As American Pie 5 would be part of the original series, it would have to, at least, count with the presence of Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, and Eugene Levy, who played Jim’s unforgettable father. Of course, it would be ideal to have the main group back again, especially as Chris Klein’s Chris “Oz” Ostreicher wasn’t present in American Wedding, so the rest of the cast could be formed by Klein, Seann William Scott, Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin Myers), and Eddie Kaye Thomas (Paul Finch).
American Reunion saw Jim and Michelle as parents to a two-year-old and going through a minor crisis in their marriage, which they eventually overcame. Now, depending on when American Pie 5 is set, it could follow Jim and Michelle as they deal with their now teenage son, so instead of being the ones dealing with their own sexuality and social pressure, it’s them offering guidance to their son based on their own experiences. Surely, the movie can’t leave the personal life of the main couple behind, so it could also offer yet another look at their life as husband and wife.