Sony Pictures Animation has decided to make Open Season 2 a direct-to-DVD release. Animated film hits shelves in 2009.
Sony's animated movies have had a rough ride in theatres. Last year's Monster House made a half-decent showing (and earned an Oscar nomination) while Open Season was saved from oblivion by good overseas grosses. Unfortunately, this year's Surf's Up bombed in theatres, making only $83 million worldwide.
However, Sony is going with a multi-pronged approach with future animated releases. Sony Pictures Animation will continue to release such films as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (an adaptation of the Judi and Ron Barrett illustrated book) coming in 2009, and Hotel Transylvania in 2010.
Sony is currently negotiating with Open Season stars Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher to see if they will make appearances in the new flick.
The studio also signed a first-look deal with Bristol's Aardman Animation, creators of the beloved Wallace and Gromit series, and is developing Maximum Ride with former Marvel Comics uber-producer Avi Arad.