Last we’d heard about The Croods 2, DreamWorks Animation had brought in several new writers to re-work the script, and had nabbed Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings for supporting roles. Everything seemed set for the sequel to release in November of next year, until today that is, as Deadline is reporting that the studio has now pulled the plug on the project.
According to them, “things had been going south for a while,” and after DreamWorks Animation was sold to Comcast this year, the film wasn’t deemed a high enough priority for it to remain in development. That’s surprising, too, as The Croods mustered up an impressive $587 million at the worldwide box office and arrived with a star-studded cast that boasted names like Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds.
Granted, reviews were somewhat mixed, but with a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, it certainly seems that most critics took to it alright, and those box office numbers, while not earth-shattering, are more than respectable given the film’s $135 million budget. Not only that, but you’d think that with Reynolds and Stone in particular seeing tremendous rises in popularity since 2013, the studio would eager to get a sequel made.
Alas, it was not meant to be it seems, and for now at least, we won’t be getting The Croods 2. With DreamWorks Animation working on films like How To Train Your Dragon 3, Shrek 5 and Puss in Boots 2, among others, I suppose I can see why a follow-up to Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders’ flick isn’t exactly a “priority,” but still, it would have been nice to get the gang back together for a sequel.
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