Judd Apatow Developing ‘This Is 40’ Sequel With The Clever Title Of ‘This Is 50’

Many of Judd Apatow’s best films have explored specific milestones in a person’s life: The 40-Year-Old Virgin about…well, getting laid for the first time; Knocked Up about being young with parenthood thrust upon you, and This is 40 about, well, you get it. It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since that last one, but we know that’s how long it’s been because Apatow is reportedly eyeing a sequel titled This is 50.

Yep, This is 40, which opened a decade ago in 2012, might be getting a sequel according to TheWrap. Apatow revealed news on the potential project while promoting his upcoming Netflix comedy, The Bubble

“I’ve always wanted to make ‘This Is 50’ and it is time,” Apatow said. “I couldn’t have done it five years ago and I can’t do it five years from now, so I’ve been outlining that and hope it’s something that we get to do. I feel like [‘This Is 40’] has really aged well, and it always feels like everyone watches it when they turn 40 and they go, ‘Oh, I understand it all now’ [laughs]. So I’m enthusiastic about putting that together.”

I remember thinking This is 40 was a laugh-free experience, but then I was only 35 (!!!) then. It might hit pretty hard, perhaps too hard, if I tried to watch it now.

Chances are This is 50 would bring back Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as Pete and Debbie, who have been muddling through their marriage since Knocked Up. I can’t see Apatow wanting to tell this story without them. It’s the closest thing he has to a cinematic universe and franchise, and he’s been away from it for too long.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.