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The Croods 2 is an upcoming sequel to The Croods. It is set to be released on December 23, 2020.[1] The movie had originally been cancelled after the purchase of DreamWorks by Universal Pictures in 2016 but was announced as being back in production on September 19, 2017.

Plot

The initial announcement contained only one detail about the film: the Croods will "face their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family".[2]

Cast

As of June 2018, only the following actors have been announced.[2] In October 2018, Peter Dinklage has joined the cast.[3]

  • Nicolas Cage as Grugg
  • Emma Stone as Eep
  • Ryan Reynolds as Guy
  • Clark Duke as Thunk
  • Catherine Keener as Ugga
  • Cloris Leachman as Gran
  • Peter Dinklage as Phil Betterman[3]
  • Leslie Mann - Hope Betterman
  • Kat Dennings - to be announced
  • -Dawn Betterman

Development

By April 2013, DreamWorks Animation had started developing a sequel to the film, with Sanders and DeMicco returning to direct it. According to DeMicco, the sequel would focus on Ugga and motherhood, making it "the first chapter of society," expanding on the first film, which is about "the last chapter of the caveman."

Pre-Production

In September 2013, it had been confirmed that Cage, Stone, and Reynolds would reprise their roles in the sequel. On June 12, 2014, it was announced that the sequel would be released on November 3, 2017. Two months later, it was pushed back from its original release date of November 3, 2017 to December 22, 2017.

Production

By May 21, 2015, Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings had joined the voice cast. Mann would lend her voice to an upscale mother of a rival family, while Dennings would voice her daughter, Dawn. Keener and Duke would also reprise their roles.

Cancellation

On August 9, 2016, nearing NBCUniversal/Comcast's impending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox removed the film from its planned December 22, 2017 release schedule. The film would be instead released by Universal Pictures sometime in 2018. Two weeks later, it was reported that The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania co writers Kevin and Dan Hageman had been hired to rewrite the script. On November 11, 2016, DreamWorks announced that production for the sequel was cancelled. According to reports, there had been doubts about proceeding with the project before Universal's acquisition of DreamWorks, and it was DreamWorks' decision to cancel the film.

Re-Production

However, in September 2017, DreamWorks and Universal revealed that the movie was back in production with a release date scheduled for September 18, 2020. It was also confirmed that the original actors would reprise their roles. However, DeMicco, the co-director of the first film, won't be returning as he is directing Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation. In October 2017, it was reported that Joel Crawford will serve as director and Mark Swift is set to produce. On October 5, 2018, it was announced that Peter Dinklage had joined the cast to voice Phil Betterman. In April 2019, the film's release date was moved to December 23, 2020. In October 2019, DreamWorks revealed that Kelly Marie Tran had replaced Dennings as Dawn while Mann was still confirmed to be part of the cast.

Soundtrack

Trivia

Gallery

Here's some artwork from Croods 2 by Arthur Fong.

References

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