Thursday, August 25, 2016

Caveman Course Correction: 'Croods 2' To Be Rewritten

It looks like the big DreamWorks sequel is currently in the process of being fine-tuned, like many an animated feature.

I've heard weeks ago that The Croods 2, prior to the Comcast acquisition of DreamWorks, was heading towards an overhaul. DreamWorks have gone back to the drawing board, or the cave wall, to repaint this sequel's story. Previously thought to be written by the first film's writing-directing duo Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, the film will now be rewritten by two Lego Movie story men, brothers Kevin and Dan Hageman.

No strangers to animation, I wonder what the brothers will bring to the story and script. The first Croods will turn five in March 2018, and currently the sequel is set to come out some time that year. Universal, its distributor - who ported the movie over from 20th Century Fox, has not inked a concrete release date just yet. My hope is that the two give us a script that's focused, because I felt The Croods was all over the place. After a very consistent and fun first 30 minutes, the movie falls apart after the earthquake, and then decides to be a hyper-active sugar-bowl animated kiddie romp that doesn't develop its characters.

I wouldn't rule it out, DreamWorks actually makes sequels that improve upon their predecessors. Well, not the Shrek sequels, but... I feel Madagascar 3 is superior to its uneven predecessors, I like Puss in Boots a great deal, and Kung Fu Panda 2 is one of the all-time great animated sequels. Kung Fu Panda 3 was very solid as well, though to be fair, one and two were hard acts to follow to begin with. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a big improvement over the already-good original. I have no doubt that The Croods 2 could be focused and significantly better than the first.

Will the new writers help give us just that? Will the change in some top brass give us a sharper sequel? Who knows. The first Croods was made at a time when DreamWorks was being run creatively by Bill Damaschke, and I've seen reports saying that under his watch, work on some productions went along swimmingly while execs/producers dithered on others, not solving story issues that needed a John Lasseter-type to crack.

We shall know whenever it comes out. Now that DreamWorks is under the Comcast tree, we can only imagine when they'll roll out their revised slate.

What say you?

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