“The Book of Life” is getting a sequel!
On Thursday (15th June), Reel FX Animation Studios and director Jorge R. Gutierrez announced that a sequel for the animated film is in the works.
In an interview with Variety, the director said, “The sequel grew from that and people asking what was gonna happen with the characters, what’s gonna happen to the gods?”
He continued, “The sequel embraces all these things and, in a weird way, is a continuation of the story with everybody you love from the first movie. I am a big fan of romantic movies. I always want to find out what happens afterwards. That’s one question we will ask during the sequel.”
Besides that, Reel FX head of business development Chuck Peil said that “The Book of Life 2” will be the continuation of an extraordinary story that captures the vision Jorge had of the fictional world. “The original film broke ground in so many ways and we hope that the sequel will have the same impact for the fanbase,” he added.
The first movie was a box office success, grossing USD99.8 million against a USD50 million budget. The story followed Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) and Joaquin (voiced by Channing Tatum), who compete for the love of their other childhood friend, Maria (voiced by Zoe Saldaña). On the other side of the world, husband-and-wife deities Xibalba and La Muerte have made a bet on the outcome of their love story.
Here is the movie’s trailer to refresh your memory: