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Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds team for animated cavemen

Feb. 25, 2010by: Mike Sampson
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I feel like the John Cleese created animated film THE CROODS has been in development almost as long as I've been writing for JoBlo.com. It may not be quite that long but it was announced in 2005, which means it had been in development for a some time before that. At the time it was titled CROOD AWAKENING and was set to be a stop-motion Aardman film (like CHICKEN RUN or WALLACE AND GROMIT). But FLUSHED AWAY flopped and DreamWorks ended its relationship with Aardman. But now, almost six years later, the project is back in the fold at DreamWorks though now as a CGI-animated film.

Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds have signed on to voice THE CROODS, a 3D animated film that's set for release in March of 2012. Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders will co-direct the film, impressive given they were the announced directors all those years ago. The film will star Cage as Crug, a caveman who leads his family into new living quarters after an earthquake destroys their home. Along the way they meet a caveman who's slightly more evolved (Reynolds).

While Cleese wrote the original screenplay, it's unclear if he'll get a writing credit on this new project. He's currently credited with "developing" the movie.

Extra Tidbit: Sanders directed the upcoming DreamWorks film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.
Source: Variety

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12:37PM on 02/25/2010

I'm in

I love kid movies and I am also a big fan of Reynolds. Premise sounds good too
I love kid movies and I am also a big fan of Reynolds. Premise sounds good too
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12:05PM on 02/25/2010
Is it just me or Nicholas Cage has become the go-to guy for B-grade CGI flicks?
Is it just me or Nicholas Cage has become the go-to guy for B-grade CGI flicks?
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10:07AM on 02/25/2010
Maybe it's just me, but I really kinda liked FLUSHED AWAY. I'm tired of big name movie stars getting all the voice roles in order to sell a movie when Pixar has proven that you need a great story and good voice actors (not just celebrities) in order to sell a great animation pic.
Maybe it's just me, but I really kinda liked FLUSHED AWAY. I'm tired of big name movie stars getting all the voice roles in order to sell a movie when Pixar has proven that you need a great story and good voice actors (not just celebrities) in order to sell a great animation pic.
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12:09PM on 02/25/2010
Flushed Away was really good actually. Surprisingly hilarious too.
Flushed Away was really good actually. Surprisingly hilarious too.