‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Set for 2018

Sequel to Illumination and Universal’s animal-themed animated hit is scheduled for summer release

Last Updated: August 2, 2016 @ 5:22 PM

The sequel to Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ animated hit “The Secret Life of Pets” is already in development.

The second movie in the series is scheduled to open on July 13, 2018.

The original “Pets” film crossed $400 million worldwide on Tuesday, having earned nearly $300 million of that domestically since it opened in the U.S. on July 8.

And it continues to make money, with plans to open in 48 more territories, including in China on Tuesday.

Like the original, the sequel will look into what our pets do after we leave the house for the day.

Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel.

The comedy had the best opening ever for a PG film, just ahead of 2010’s “Shrek Forever After.”

Brian Lynch (“Minions”) will return to write the script for “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” which will once again be directed by Chris Renaud (the “Despicable Me” series, “Dr. Seuss‘ The Lorax”).

The lead character in “The Secret Life of Pets” is a terrier named Max, voiced by Louis C.K., who embarks on an odyssey through New York City with his newly adopted roommate Duke — a massive furry brown dog voiced by Eric Stonestreet. The rest of the film is dedicated to their attempt to get back home.

It also features memorable performances by Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan and Albert Brooks.

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