judd apatow play this is 40 gi Judd Apatow writing a play: 'This Is 40' director calls it 'the best idea I've ever had'Having conquered the big screen — “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People” — and the small screen, writing episodes of shows like “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls,” Judd Apatow is taking his talents to the stage.

Yep, he’s writing a play — not a shock to his Twitter followers, to whom he floated the idea in 2011.

“I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I’ve ever had,” he tells GQ. “It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience.”

Unlike the writer and director’s previous work, the play isn’t remotely autobiographical. All he’ll let GQ’s Amy Wallace reveal about the subject matter is that “it’s about victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face.” Definitely doesn’t sound like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

“I am excited to write something which has a social conscience,” he emails Wallace after their interview. “That is not something I have attempted before, and I hope I am up for the challenge.”   

Apatow says he doesn’t even know if the play will be funny.

“I think it will. But it might stop being funny,” he says.  

Whether or not fans can expect humor from his play, there’s still “This Is 40,” which should definitely bring the laughs. It hits theaters Friday (Dec. 21).

Posted by:Jennifer Harper