SALT LAKE CITY —Disney is reportedly taking us back to the world of "Zootopia."
What’s happening: Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who voiced fennec fox Finnick in “Zootopia,” revealed at a fan event in Ontario that two sequels to Disney’s popular animated film are in development.
- Lister told fans at the event, “I can tell you for sure I’m doing another Zootopia with Disney. We doing three of them. (There were) three ‘Madagascars.’ We’re gonna replace that.”
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- The sequel reportedly has a $300 million budget. The first film's budget hovered at $240 million, according to Gizmodo.
Rumors: “Zootopia” directors told Entertainment Weekly in June 2016 that there were a lot of potential ideas to continue creating "Zootopia" films, as a lot was cut out of the original film and the “Zootopia” world is so vast.Comment on this story
- “We introduced districts that we talked about that couldn’t fit in, other characters that we eliminated from the movie. There’s a vast potential for this world,” co-director Byron Howard told EW.
- And what about the relationship between protagonists Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde? According to co-director Rich Moore, that’s something they’ll have to address: “Somebody’s going to be disappointed. It will either be romantic, or it will stay a friendship, and those who ship (them) are going to go crazy, and those who just want them to be friends will say, ‘Why did you make it a romance?’ So we need to gird ourselves for that.”
“Zootopia” was a smash hit at the box office, raking in over $1 billion dollars worldwide and winning an Oscar for Animated Film Feature in 2017.
- It also makes sense that Disney would want to expand upon the Zootopia world, as the company recently announced plans to create a “Zootopia” land at the Shanghai Disney Resort, which will begin construction by the end of 2019.
There is no word on when the “Zootopia” sequels will be released.