HOLLYWOOD – Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will be true to the Saul Bellow novel, star Kevin James has insisted.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, Here Comes the Boom star was keen to reassure fans of the Saul Bellow novel:
Although the 2009 film was considered in many circles to be a comic masterpiece, there were noises from academic circles and the fans of the original 1963 novel by Saul Bellow complaining of certain liberties we took. We updated the book and we added come more contemporary humor. I understood the Bellovians and their criticisms and I wanted when we decided to do the sequel to try and correct some of those mistakes.
In the original Bellow novel of course Paul is a much more complicated character and his relationship with his daughter is really important to understanding him, so we have concentrated much more on that relationship. And although we have set the new film in Las Vegas, rather than Chicago as in the book, we have given a really dark tone.
Are there any plans to complete the trilogy?
Obviously that would be our dream. Even though Bellow’s final novel, Paul Blart: Child Murderer was considered extremely shocking at the time, I think it would be possible to make it more palatable for modern audiences.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is out in April, 2015.