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Renner joins previously announced Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Omar Sy in a rag-tag group of inexperienced heroes combining to thwart the evil Doc Walrus, voiced by John Cleese, and save the Arctic. Renner will be voicing a fox named Swifty.
Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen (“Escape From Planet Earth”) co-wrote the screenplay. Ambi Distribution, the Ambi Group’s sales arm, will oversee worldwide distribution for “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.”
Ambi Distribution has already closed a deal with Disney for German Speaking Europe. Ambi is selling markets for “Arctic Justice” at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. »
- Dave McNary
Gersh has signed actor Brendan Fraser. The Mummy star recently booked a recurring role on the upcoming season of Showtime’s The Affair. Fraser also recently wrapped indie The Field and was seen in the A&E miniseries Texas Rising alongside Bill Paxton and Ray Liotta. Previously, Fraser starred in the feature Gimme Shelter opposite Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens, and voiced characters in The Weinstein Company's Escape From Planet Earth and Open Road Films' The Nut Job. … »
Open Road Films has announced that The Nut Job 2 is set for release in North America on May 19th 2017, having originally been eyed for release back in January of this year.
Deadline reports that the sequel to the 2014 independent animated hit will “return to Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.”
Will Arnett is set to return as Surly Squirrel alongside original voice cast members Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham. The film is being directed by Cal Brunker (Escape From Planet Earth).
- Gary Collinson
Open Road Films has set May 19, 2017, as the U.S. release date for its animated comedy “The Nut Job 2.”
The studio noted that the 2014 original film achieved the biggest box office opening ever for an independent, animated film and surpassed $120 million at the global box office.
The sequel takes audiences back to the town of Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor and take back the park.
Open Road had announced in 2014 that it would open “The Nut Job 2” on Jan. 15, 2016, but pulled it off the schedule several months later.
“The Nut Job 2” is currently »
- Dave McNary
Marvin Peart, co-founder of Marro Media Co., is executive producer of the 2013 Weinstein Co. release “Escape from Planet Earth” and TV shows including “Mob Wives.” In a guest column for Variety, he calls for people of color in the entertainment business to join forces to create their own content and studios.
A color-free Academy Awards is indeed a strange anomaly, in an America more enriched every day by its people of color. But the problem is one that those less experienced in the art of filmmaking — and the art of the film business — might not recognize.
So I think we should put a magnifying glass on the larger problem — the offices of the studios where projects and budgets are approved.
Minority performers are being watched closely by fellow African-Americans and other communities of color for two reasons: first, they’re in a business they want to join; and second, they most resemble them physically. »
- Variety Staff
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