Open Road Films, Redrover, ToonBox and Gulfstrem Pictures will make a sequel to “The Nut Job,” the animated kids’ movie that grossed $25.7 million this past weekend. Open Road will release the sequel Jan. 15, 2016.
The 3D comedy follows a squirrel, voiced by Will Arnett, who infiltrates a nut shop to get food for winter. Though at first a selfish outcast, he ultimately decides to help his friends in the park. Liam Neeson, Maya Rudolph, Katherine Heigl and Brendan Fraser lent their voices to the film as well.
Open Road touts the movie’s opening as the biggest for an independent animated film.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled about ‘The Nut Job,'” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said in a statement. “It has been a pleasure working with theteams at Redrover, ToonBox and Gulfstream and we are delighted to re-team with them for ‘The Nut Job 2.'”
Peter Lepeniotis directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lorne Cameron. It is unclear who will direct the sequel. Gulfstream Pictures, a Warner Bros.-based production company, made the film with its co-financier Redrover and Redrover’s animation studio ToonBox. They will all work on the sequel together as well.
“We’re thrilled that audiences have embraced these characters and it is exciting to anticipate their return for another adventure in ‘The Nut Job 2,'” Gulfstream Pictures’ Mike Karz said in a statement. “The entire team behind this movie did a fantastic job and we’re looking forward to working with them again.”