Night At The Museum 3 Gets The Green Light With Ben Stiller Set To Return

Back in 2006 Shawn levy directed and Ben Stiller starred in the adventure comedy Night At The Museum, a movie that went on to make $574 million at the global box office. Three years later the pair teamed up again for a sequel, Night at the Museum:Battle of the Smithsonian, which brought in less money, but was still considered a smash hit with a $413 million take around the world. So this news should come as a surprise to exactly nobody.

20th Century Fox has announced (via Coming Soon) that both Levy and Stiller will be returning to make Night at the Museum 3, which has set a release date for December 25, 2014. There has been talk before about a potential sequel, but this is the first time that the project has been made official. The writing team of Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant scripted the previous two movies in the franchise, though the new report doesn't mention if they will also be handing screenplay duties this time around. The first movie took place at New York City's American Museum of Natural History and the sequel brought Siller's protagonist museum security guard Larry Daley to Washington DC's Smithsonian Institution, but it has not yet been announced where the third film will be set.

Levy's latest movie, The Internship starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, will be in theaters this June. Stiller, meanwhile, has been busy working on his first directorial effort since Tropic Thunder, a remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which will be out at the end of the year.

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