Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have wasted no time announcing the release date for a sequel to The Secret Life of Pets following the big box office return the film has seen since release.
The Secret Life of Pets, which drops in Australia on September 8, has earned $US403.2 million since starting its worldwide rollout. When you consider that the film’s budget is estimated to be at $US75 million and that it is yet to open in a number of international markets, you can image quite the substantial haul when all is said and done.
The sequel is scheduled to hit the U.S. on July 13, 2018, a date that Illumination and Universal may have holding for Life of Pets 2 all along. An “Untitled Illumination Franchise Film” had been alongside the date in previously released schedules, so it appears the studios were already eyeing big plans for the animal-focused feature.
The CG-animated film, featuring a voice cast that includes Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart, tells the story of a dog named Max, whose life as a favourite pet is turned upside down when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke.
Secret Life of Pets co-director Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) will return at the helm for the follow-up, as will screenwriter Brian Lynch (Minions).
If the sequel follows on the same financially successful path as its predecessor, you can expect even more films, and maybe even spinoffs, to follow.