Inbetweeners Sequel Is Their Final Adventure
The cast and writers of The Inbetweeners have said the sequel to their blockbusting first film will be the last we see of hapless teenagers Will, Jay, Simon and Neil.
Writer and director Damon Beesley confirmed to Sky News this second film, where the four characters head to Australia on a year out, will be their final adventure.
"This is it, we are now killing them so it's like go and see this film. It's like a wake for The Inbetweeners," he joked.
The Inbetweeners 2 sees the boys, made famous originally by the E4 sitcom, head Down Under as part of their endless search for women.
It was never intended that a second film would be made but the writers felt compelled after The Inbetweeners Movie set a record for the most successful opening weekend ever achieved by a comedy in the UK.
"We genuinely talked about the end of The Inbetweeners being the last movie but solely because of the success of the first film we got to the point where people were saying to us, just fans, 'are you doing another film, you must be doing another one it was so successful', " Beesley said.
The four lead cast members Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison also had no intention of getting involved in a follow up.
"It took quite a while, it was three years of the fans asking us to do another one and we kind of thought that would go away and people wouldn't be as interested in seeing another one as they were," Blake Harrison, who plays Neil, said.
Simon Bird, who plays Will, recalled: "We all met up to read the script that Iain (Morris) and Damon wrote together and we definitely went into that meeting saying 'by the way this is not going to happen' and came out of it basically almost straight away agreeing to do it."
The Inbetweeners ran for three series over two years and had a huge following. Viewers were endeared to this group of foul-mouthed adolescent lads with their futile crushes, drunken antics and sibling brawls.
"There's that general sense of being inadequate that I think many people are prey to.
"You feel like growing up other people seem to be more confident, seem to have done more, they seem to know what they are about. They've got a plan. The Inbetweeners don't have any of that," Joe Thomas, who took the role of Simon in the series and films, said.
The Inbetweeners 2 gets its UK release on August 6.
:: Watch more from the interview with the writers and cast on Entertainment Week on Sky News tonight at 8.30pm or you can watch it any time on Catch Up in the Sky News section.