Studio revives previously canceled sequel and sets original tale from horror maestro Jason Blum for autumn release dates.
You can’t keep a good (cave)man — or animation studio — down for long.
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation announced release dates for two animated features: The Croods 2, which the studio canceled last year, and a new title, Spooky Jack, with producer Jason Blum, known for hit micro-budget horror movies such as Paranormal Activity and Insidious. The Croods 2 will be released Sept. 18, 2020, and Spooky Jack is set for Sept. 17, 2021.
The Croods 2, a sequel to the 2013 Oscar-nominated feature, will see the prehistoric clan deal with another family. Leslie Mann joins returning cast members Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke.
The original feature inspired a series, Dawn of the Croods, with four seasons created to date for Netflix.
Here’s how the studio describes Spooky Jack:
“From DreamWorks Animation and the delightfully twisted king of scares Jason Blum comes Spooky Jack, a comic look under the bed and in the closet of kids’ imaginations. When three siblings move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist … do, they must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to a shy Boogeyman that won’t stop going bump in the night.”
Spooky Jack is written by Robert Ben Garant, produced by DreamWorks Animation’s Damon Ross and executive produced by Blum.