Some unfortunate news for fans of The Croods hoping for a sequel.
According to Variety, Universal, which took on various DreamWorks Animation projects after Comcast acquired the studio for $US3.8 billion, has opted to stop production on The Croods 2 immediately. Word is that the animation studio had already been carrying doubts about whether or not the project would continue prior to their placement under Universal Studios.
Unfortunately, this means that some or many of the thirty DreamWorks Animation employees working on the project for the last few years will now be on the search for new jobs. Apparently some employees may be trained and placed in “artistic development” programs, while others have the chance of being moved onto other projects.
It’s certainly troubling news for those employees, and disappointing news for the many fans of the first film looking forward to seeing the tale continue. Work on the sequel kicked off back in 2013 and things moved slowly until August this year, when DreamWorks Animation hired The Lego Movie scribes Kevin and Dan Hageman to pen the screenplay.
But hope may not be completely lost. According to one of Variety’s sources: “The Croods is still very much in the DreamWorks catalog. It’s not unheard of that it might be something someone takes a look at in the future.”
The Croods scored a worldwide box office draw of $US587.2 million from a production budget of $US135 million.