DreamWorks Animation has hired Joel Crawford as director for The Croods 2 that has been slated for a 2020 release. Studio veteran Mark Swift will be the producer.
Incidentally, Crawford is known for being head of the story department in the recent Trolls film. The Croods sequel will mark his directorial debut. His earlier credits include the Kung Fu Panda series, the Rise of the Guardians, and Bee Movie.
Swift, on the other hand, has produced other notable DreamWorks projects such as Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, two Madagascar films, Bee Movie, and Shark Tale.
“Joel has done masterful work in his career and has proven himself to be an artist with a keen eye for character and story,” said Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Animation Film Group. “His wonderful work at the helm of the DreamWorks Trolls Holiday as the director demonstrates his ability to expand his talents, and we think he’s the perfect choice to bring the Croods family back to life for audiences across the globe.
“We have a compelling story with fantastic new characters, and we are thrilled that Mark is going to be at the wheel for this film,” he added.