Remember Cats & Dogs? Those who were children in the early 00s might look back fondly on this 2001 spy spoof that sported the concept that our pets are actually secret agents waging an eternal war for world domination. Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Perkins starred and while the film was pretty well received, no one really remembers 2010’s sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. And that’s because it was simply awful.
10 years on, though, We Got This Covered has now learned that Cats & Dogs 3 is in the works. According to a pre-production document we recently received from our sources – the same ones who told us a Swamp Thing movie and a new Scream film were in development, both of which have since been confirmed – the threequel begins shooting this very week before wrapping in early February. Production will be split between Vancouver and Los Angeles, while the screenplay comes from Scott Bindley and is directed by Sean McNamara.
The premise promises that the movie will put a fresh spin on the old concept, too. You see, instead of focusing on the battle between cats and dogs, C&D3 will see “a border collie and a grey striped cat” having to work together. Expect the unlikely duo to “gather a team” to fight “an evil mastermind” intent on “pitting cats and dogs against each other.”
We don’t yet know any casting details, but it’s most likely that it will feature a fresh group of actors, much like the sequel before it. For instance, Revenge of Kitty Galore saw Maguire and Baldwin replaced by Nick Nolte and Neil Patrick Harris as the voices of dog agents Butch and Lou.
It’s also unclear at this time whether Cats & Dogs 3 will be released theatrically or not. Warner Bros. distributed the last two, so it seems possible that the movie could end up on the HBO Max streaming service if it isn’t due for cinemas. There’s a lot of family-friendly content derived from pre-existing franchises coming to the platform, after all, including Hanna-Barbera’s Jellystone! and the Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai prequel series. So, this threequel would definitely fit right in. But for now, we’ll just have to sit tight and wait until we learn more.