Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have launched development on the sequel to its animated hit The Secret Life of Pets. The release date is scheduled for July 13, 2018, reported Variety.
Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the follow-up to the comedy, which set a record for best US opening weekend for an original film, animated or otherwise, with USD 104.3 million. Chris Renaud will return to direct and writer Brian Lynch is back to write the script. The Secret Life of Pets has hit USD 400 million at the worldwide box office with USD 300.3 million at the domestic box office and USD 103.5 million internationally, where it opened No. 1 in 18 markets to date.
The Secret Life of Pets is directed by Renaud and Yarrow Cheney and written by Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Its voice cast includes Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate and Albert Brooks.