All system are go on the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet. After taking in $200 million globally on a mere $36 million investment, the second effort was deemed inevitable, but until today the project lacked a director. Word is that the gig will go to John Stevenson who is a best known for helming DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda. He will be succeeding Kelly Asbury who is busy shepherding another animated effort called Kazorn that is set to release two years from now.
There are some new details on the sequel to report as well. Under the title Sherlock Gnomes, the feature will seek to parody one of Hollywood’s most over saturated properties at the moment. What makes this different though is that it will be done with characters from the film’s predecessor which are obviously in gnome mode. More specifically, they will tap Sherlock to help them solve the case of the disappearing gnomes giving credence to the idea that this franchise could go on forever through the adoption of public domain pop culture slants.
Once again, the project will be produced through Elton John’s Rocket Pictures and the legendary musician will be supplying music for Sherlock Gnomes as he did for the first one. The film should get off the ground early next year.