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Joel Crawford to Direct Croods Sequel

DreamWorks Animation has recently announced that Joel Crawford has been hired as director for The Croods 2, which has been slated for a 2020 release. Studio veteran Mark Swift has been tapped as producer.

Crawford is notable for being head of story on the recent Trolls film. The Croods sequel will mark his directorial debut. His past credits also include the Kung Fu Panda series, the Rise of the Guardians, and Bee Movie.

Swift, on the other hand, has produced other notable DreamWorks projects such as Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, two Madagascar films, Bee Movie, and Shark Tale.

“Joel has done masterful work in his career and has proven himself to be an artist with a keen eye for character and story,” said Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Animation Film Group. “His wonderful work at the helm of the DreamWorks Trolls Holiday as the director demonstrates his ability to expand his talents, and we think he’s the perfect choice to bring the Croods family back to life for audiences across the globe.

“We have a compelling story with fantastic new characters, and we are thrilled that Mark is going to be at the wheel for this film,” he added. “He’s a talented producer and a great collaborator who is extremely well respected across the entire studio.”

The Croods 2 will see the return of the original voice cast, including icolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke. They will be joined by Leslie Mann.

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