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“Wimpy Kid” sequel in the works

Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” has proven to be a modest family hit – pulling in $25 million as of March 25 – so it’s no real surprise the studio has initiated plans to develop a sequel.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” adapts the second book in Jeff Kinney’s literary series, and will track the adventures of main character, Greg (Zachary Gordon), as he and his friends contend with middle school. The story’s focus, if it sticks to Kinney’s book, will center on a school talent show.

Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, who wrote the original’s script, have been hired to write the second movie. But “Wimpy Kid” director Thor Freudenthal is unlikely to return, according to the L.A. Times. Right now, he’s circling the teen supernatural movie “Agnes Quill” at Paramount.

But multiple franchises have switched directors and thrived – from the “Harry Potter” films to the “Twilight” saga. So long as lead actor Gordon and his cast mates return – and they are signed for additional films – the second “Diary” should attract a similar-sized fan base.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • May 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    We thought the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie was great! Everyone enjoyed it, so we are very excited about the sequel. Glad Fox realizes what a “prize” franchise they have in this fun story that should continue on for years to come.

  • May 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    “Diary of a Wimpy Kid ” was hilarious and a really good movie…..At more than $62,000,000.00 in Domestic (only) box office receipts in less than 2 months, it has proven to be more than a modest success. We are all excited that Fox has given the “green light” on a sequel that will probably be bigger than the original hit!

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