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Though a fan-made alternate ending already brought Yogi Bear all the beautiful closure it needed, Warner Bros. has decided to disregard that and give the franchise their usual brand of finality, ending it only when it stops making them $ 100 million per CGI bear. So, work has begun on Yogi Bear 2, and the studio has hired on a direct.
Deadline reports that the task of making a Yogi Bear sequel has been given to Jay Chandrasekhar of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. Chandrasekhar notably directed all of his troupe’s uneven output (Super Troopers being the most popular, The Babymakers being the most recent and not at all popular) and the not-very-good 2005 Dukes of Hazard movie, but he also did episodes of likable sitcoms like Community, Arrested Development, and Up All Night. None of that is really going to matter that much for this project, though, because we are still talking about a Yogi Bear sequel. It doesn’t really matter who makes this. All that matters is that Justin Timberlake does the Boo Boo voice for some reason.
Yogi Bear only opened to a disappointing $ 16.4 million weekend when it was released last December, but somehow–thanks to persistence, the ineffectiveness of dismal reviews, and not-so-subliminal advertising–the $ 80 million film managed to make $ 100 million over its run, and another $ 100 mill internationally. Naturally, Warner Bros. is eager to see if families will pay to see these lazily composited CGI bears again, and has signed the writing team of Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia to script a sequel. Sternin and Ventimilia, along with Brad Copeland, are credited with writing the first film, so fear not: there will be a continuity of voice throughout the series. Well, provided the studio is still willing to pay Justin Timberlake to do a Boo-Boo impression.