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Comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart are having banner years in their careers, as both have recently been parts of big hit movies and have several interesting projects in the pipeline. Now the two are teaming up with Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet for the next animated feature from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, the currently-dubbed Untitled Pets Movie, which already has a release date set for February 12, 2016. The bound-to-be-3D film will be directed by Chris Renaud, who co-directed the studios’ Despicable Me and its sequel, which earned a combined $1.4 billion at the box office.
Creating even more Despicable connections, the studios have also tapped screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul to pen the screenplay (they were also the scribes behind the $348 million-earning hit The Lorax). According to Deadline, C.K. will play a smarty pants terrier living in a Manhattan apartment building. When his pampering owners are away for the day, he joins up with all of the other pets from the building to hang out and talk smack about all the humans. The terrier is devastated when his master brings home a sloppy mutt (Stonestreet), and it gets even worse when the two hit the streets and stumble upon the a cute little bunny rabbit (Hart) and his nefarious plot to lead his army of abandoned pets on a revenge attack against humanity. The dogs then have to figure out a way to defeat the rabbit before his plan can be implemented. Below is the first shot of what these characters will look like.
While C.K. likes to chide himself for his acting, the comic’s inherent New York-ness could really make this lead character stand out. Stonestreet and Hart ooze acting energy in everything they do, so they should be perfect to lend their voices to these characters. It’s not out of the question to assume a few more comedic talents will join this project in the near future also.
Besides the award-winning Modern Family and the upcoming thriller The Loft, Stonestreet’s voice occasionally makes its way onto the Disney Jr. cartoon Sofia the First. Meanwhile, the constantly busy Hart recently signed up as one of the leads in the animated adaptation of Captain Underpants. Otherwise, he’s got the soon-to-be released romantic remake About Last Night, the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too and the currently-filming Jeremy Garelick’s comedy The Wedding Ringer.
C.K. took a year off from his sublime FX comedy series Louie and had small but memorable roles in two Oscar-nominated films, Blue Jasmine and American Hustle. Beyond bringing Louie back later this year, the comedy king also has a potential series coming with Zach Galifianakis, and will be releasing his directorial debut, 1998’s comedian-filled Tomorrow Night, on his website on January 29th.
Does this movie about warring pets sound more interesting to you than Illumination/Universal’s upcoming Minions movie or their How the Grinch Stole Christmas remake?