Reel FX Animation Studios and director Jorge R. Gutierrez have announced that a sequel to “The Book of Life” is moving forward. Announced at the Annecy Festival in France, this follow-up to one of the biggest of breakout U.S. independent animated features this decade will be helmed by Gutierrez and shot in stereoscopic 3D.
Set around the Day of the Dead, the original followed a love triangle between childhood friends, the sensitive Manola guitar strumming (Diego Luna) and preening Joaquin (Tatum) whose competition for the hand of the vivacious Maria (Zoe Saldana) causes the gods to lay wagers on who will win.
Gutierrez says: “The sequel grew from that and people asking what was gonna happen with the characters, what’s gonna happen to the gods? 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.”
Reel FX Animation Studios is producing.