DreamWorks Animation and Universal Kill ‘Croods 2’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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DreamWorks Animation and its new parent, Universal Studios, have pulled the plug on the long-gestating sequel to the 2013 hit “The Croods.”

Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley met with workers at DreamWorks Animation’s Glendale headquarters Thursday to confirm that production of “The Croods 2” was being stopped immediately.

Some 30 employees who have been working on the film, launched 3 1/2 years ago, will be looking for new jobs. The workers were told DreamWorks Animation hopes to keep them at the company. Some could be shifted to other film projects, while others might be put into training or “artistic development” programs, according to an individual at Universal, who asked not to be named.

The initial “Croods” film charmed audiences with the tale of a family that deals with problems small (gathering food) and large (the impending destruction of the world.) It made $587 million worldwide at the box office, on a production budget of $135 million.

When Comcast bought DreamWorks Animation in April of this year, it put the hierarchy at Universal Studios in charge of the toon studio founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg. Individuals at both DreamWorks and Universal said doubts had been raised about proceeding with “Croods 2” even before Universal was put in charge. Two sources said that Universal was effectively just ratifying a decision already made by DreamWorks Animation to kill the movie.

Trouble was already evident in August, when the companies announced that an expected 2017 release would be pushed back into 2018.

There are no near-term plans to bring back the prehistoric family, voiced in the original by Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and Emma Stone. But said the source at Universal: ” ‘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.”

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  1. My girls and i was looking foward for a few to watch this amazing family again and see what happened next…but i guess we wont ever know! Very disappointed!

  2. Liz says:

    Well. I guess we can scratch dream works and universal off our family movie watch lists. Shame on all of you. You lost a loyal viewer

  3. Phil Marshall says:

    Someone is not thinking straight. My family loves The Croods and have watched it several times waiting for a sequel. The film earned a huge profit and sold a lot of toys. So why are they fearful of a sequel? Hopefully some wise person will quickly step in and 180* this bad decision. PLEASE!!

  4. Mary Barr says:

    Someone should release the baby on u guys we still watch them all the time croods is a good pick at my house

  5. Sean says:

    Let me get this straight. Pitch Perfect makes $115M, sells no toys, and gets two sequels. Croods makes $587M, sells toys, and gets no sequel. Comcast shareholders take note.

    • nikita smith says:

      This sucks my entire family loved the Croods, It’s obvious these companies seem to think that only one way works when diversity enhances all markets. No one wants to see one type of animation and exclude others.

  6. Angie says:

    And so it begins. A live action approach to making animated films that will smother what little is left of DWA. The people responsible for Land of the Lost and RIPD pretending they know how to evaluate or give good notes on an animatic.

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