Director Greg Mottola (Superbad) on his new film Adventureland and where it fits in his still unfolding career trajectory. (Filmmaker/photo by Lake Fong)
Q: Presumably you don‘t want to be known forever as “that guy who did Superbad.”
A: I may well be that for the rest of my life with a certain audience, unless I make Superbad 2, and then I‘ll be that guy who fucked up Superbad. Superbad did, for whatever reason, become a quasi phenomenon with a certain age group. I can‘t deny how cool that is, but those people have no idea I did a little indie film 10 years ago; they have no idea that I have those [other] ambitions. And as Miramax wisely tries to get them to see Adventureland — at the end of the day, they want to sell the most tickets they can — we‘ll see how that goes over when they see that it‘s not exactly what they expect.