“The Nut Job” is barely a week into its opening and as is the case with studios these days, already a sequel is being announced. “The Nut Job 2” will require only a two years’ wait for Will Arnett’s Surly squirrel to lead the pack on what will surely be another nutty caper. No announcement was made on others from the voice cast – which included Brendan Fraser, Maya Rudolph and Liam Neeson – returning for the sequel.
“The Nut Job 2” has been scheduled for a January 15, 2016 release date. The full press release follows.
THE NUT JOB 2 WILL HIT THEATERS JANUARY 15, 2016
OPEN ROAD FILMS PARTNERS WITH REDROVER CO., LTD., TOONBOX ENTERTAINMENT LTD., AND GULFSTREAM PICTURES FOR A SEQUEL TO THE HIT FILM THE NUT JOB, THE #1 FAMILY FILM IN AMERICA
LOS ANGELES, CA, January 23, 2014 – Open Road Films, Redrover Co., Ltd., ToonBox Entertainment Ltd., and Gulfstream Pictures are pleased to announce that THE NUT JOB 2, a sequel to the hit film THE NUT JOB – which opened on January 17, 2014, taking in over $25,700,00 at the holiday weekend box-office as the biggest independent animated film opening of all time – will hit theaters January 15, 2016. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Hoe-jin Ha, CEO and President of Redrover Co., Ltd.
In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy that follows Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, who must plan a heist to get into his town’s biggest nut shop in order to help his pals in the park gather food to survive the winter. Together with his sidekick, Buddy, Surly assembles a ragtag crew to help him get inside – and takes them on a fun-filled adventure that they’ll never forget. In addition to Will Arnett as Surly, THE NUT JOB also features the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Lang, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias and Sarah Gadon.
Directed by Peter Lepeniotis from a screenplay by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis, the hit film THE NUT JOB was produced by Wookyung Jung and Graham Moloy. Executive producers are Daniel Woo, Hong Kim, and Jay Ahn as well as Bill Bindley and Mike Karz of Gulfstream Pictures. THE NUT JOB was a collaboration of Redrover Co., Ltd., ToonBox Entertainment Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled about THE NUT JOB,” stated Ortenberg. “It has been a pleasure working with the teams at Redrover, ToonBox and Gulfstream and we are delighted to re-team with them for THE NUT JOB 2.”
“We are very proud of what we have accomplished in Hollywood as an independent production company,” commented Ha. “Our compliments go out to ToonBox and Gulfstream for their endeavor in the co-production and to Open Road for their successful campaign and teamwork. We are looking forward to working with them on THE NUT JOB 2.”
“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,” said Karz. “The entire team behind this movie did a fantastic job and we’re looking forward to working with them again.”
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg, COO and Peter Lawson, Executive Vice President of Production and Acquisitions. Susan Williams and Stephen Zager of Loeb and Loeb negotiated on behalf of Redrover Co., Ltd., ToonBox Entertainment Ltd., and Gulfstream Pictures.
About OPEN ROAD FILMS
Open Road Films is a dynamic, acquisition-based domestic theatrical distribution and marketing company which annually releases a diverse slate of star-driven motion pictures which has included multiple #1 releases. It was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. Open Road and its lenders recently extended the company’s $100,000,000 credit facility through 2018.
Past releases include: The Nut Job, which opened to over $25 million at the box office as the highest ever opening for an independent animated film, The Grey starring Liam Neeson which opened to #1 at the box office; End Of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña which opened #1 at the box office; A Haunted House starring Marlon Wayans; Side Effects directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum; The Host, based on Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling book; and Homefront, starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth.
Upcoming releases include: Sabotage (4/11/14) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams, and Mireille Enos; A Haunted House 2 (4/18/14) starring Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Affion Crockett and Cedric The Entertainer; Chef (5/9/14) written by, directed by and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.; and Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno (9/5/14).
About REDROVER CO, LTD.
Redrover Co., Ltd. is a global leader in the 3D stereoscopic industry. Redrover Co., Ltd. has obtained patents from 30 countries, including Korea, and established a global network in major trading countries, including the U.S, Canada, China, and Japan. In 2008 Redrover began producing various 3D stereoscopic animation movies and television series with its North American studio ToonBox Entertainment such as world’s first 3D stereoscopic TV series Bolts & Blip (currently on Vortexx) and the Beet Party. Starting with The Nut Job in North America, Redrover made a huge step into the history of animation. Amalgamating creative inspiration, direction, animation expertise and non-comparable 3D stereoscopic technology make Redrover stand out. This strong and successful partnership with Open Road Films, ToonBox Entertainment and Gulfstream Pictures enables Redrover to attract the global market.
More information about Redrover Co., Ltd. can be found at: www.redroveranimation.com
About TOONBOX ENTERTAINMENT, LTD.
ToonBox Entertainment, Ltd. brings to life original content for film, television, and interactive media with concepts derived from captivating character designs and storylines. With a team of over 155 highly skilled and dedicated employees using state-of-the-art equipment and innovative stereoscopic technology, ToonBox has the ability to produce Hollywood quality content for an independent production’s budget. Based in downtown Toronto, ToonBox works closely with partner company Redrover Co., Ltd. in Korea to produce the animation, special effects, compositing and 3D stereoscopic renders.
About GULFSTREAM PICTURES
Gulfstream Pictures is a Warner Bros.-based development, financing and production company focused on making tentpole films. Headed by Mike Karz and Bill Bindley, the company was formed in 2012, and is funded by Korea-based 3D stereoscopic leader Redrover Co., Ltd., and a consortium of U.S. private equity funds. Gulfstream’s next release is Blended starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in May 2014.