Although Seth Rogen's directorial debut doesn't hit theaters for a few more months, Columbia seems to have faith in his talents: he's signed on the dotted line to direct, produce and star in a new comedy called 'The Interview.' In addition, the studio is apparently eyeing frequent Rogen co-star James Franco for the other lead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has high hopes for the comic's apocalyptic comedy 'This is the End' (which he co-directed with longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg, and also stars Franco) and wants to stay in the Seth Rogen business for as long as possible. Goldberg will also be joining Rogen behind the camera, so if they manage to snag the ever-in-demand Franco, 'The Interview' will be a nice reunion for the three of them -- Franco starred in the Rogen- and Goldeberg-scripted 'Pineapple Express,' and Rogen and Franco both got their start on the beloved show 'Freaks and Geeks.'

The film is apparently a "topical comedy" that deals with an American talk show host (Franco, if all goes well with casting) and his producer (Rogen) who get caught up in a conspiracy to assassinate a North Korean leader. With a plot like that, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's a story credit for Dan Sterling, a writer for 'The Daily Show.'

Although we've seen several films written by Rogen and Goldberg (and starring Franco), we still don't know what a film directed by them will look like. We'll know whether to look forward to 'The Interview' or dread it when 'This is the End' opens on June 14.

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