EXCLUSIVE: Kevin and Dan Hageman, the screenwriting brothers who came up with the story for Warner Bros’ blockbuster The Lego Movie, have just been hired by DreamWorks Animation to rewrite The Croods 2, the sequel to studio’s 2013 film that grossed $587.2M worldwide.
The film was supposed to be released on December 22, 2017, by 20th Century Fox, but the studio recently put The Story of Ferdinand in its place after DWA sold to NBCUniversal. Since The Croods 2 now is outside of Fox’s distribution contract, Universal Pictures will be announcing a new date for the animated family film for sometime in 2018.
The Hageman brothers are a proven entity, also working with director Guillermo del Toro on his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at CBS Films, which is an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s popular children’s book trilogy. The writing duo are also working with the director on Netflix’s Trollhunters, the family-friendly event series that will bow in December. In addition, they also wrote for the animated Ninjago Lego movie — they were writers and EPs on the TV series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu — and previously co-wrote the script for Hotel Transylvania.
The brothers Hageman are repped by CAA, Underground and Hansen Jacobson.