Open Road Films has set May 19, 2017, as the U.S. release date for its animated comedy “The Nut Job 2.”
The studio noted that the 2014 original film achieved the biggest box office opening ever for an independent, animated film and surpassed $120 million at the global box office.
Returning voice cast includes Will Arnett (Surly), Katherine Heigl (Andy), Maya Rudolph (Precious the Dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Jimmy) and Jeff Dunham (Mole).
The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.
Open Road had announced in 2014 that it would open “The Nut Job 2” on Jan. 15, 2016, but pulled it off the schedule several months later.
“The Nut Job 2” is currently in production with Cal Brunker (“Escape From Planet Earth”) directing from a screenplay by Scott Bindley and Cal Brunker & Bob Barlen.
Producers are Harry Linden, Bob Barlen and Sunghwan Kim. Executive producers are Hoe-Jin Ha, Hongjoo Ahn, Bill Bindley, Mike Karz, Hong Kim, Youngki Lee, Hyungkon Kim and Daniel Woo. Production entities are Redrover Co., ToonBox Entertainment Ltd., Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co. Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.
“In our commitment to the production of more, higher quality animated productions, we established a joint venture with one of the largest Chinese private enterprises, Suning Group, last year” said Hoe-Jin Ha, CEO of Redrover. “With a much stronger investment backing from Suning Group, and our use of the latest technology, Redrover will continue to work closely with our partners, ToonBox Entertainment and Gulfstream Pictures, to co-produce world class feature animations, including ‘The Nut Job’ sequel.”
The comedy is the third title to land on May 19, 2017, following Paramount’s “Baywatch” reboot and New Line’s “Annabelle 2.”