Rob Schneider may be getting a sequel to his 2001 film The animal. The animal Schneider stars as a man named Marvin who has a medical crisis and has to undergo several organ transplants. Unfortunately for Marvin, his surgeon is a mad scientist who transplants animal organs into Marvin. Shortly after his surgery, Marvin begins to adopt the characteristics of these animals. The animal was directed by Luke Greenfield (Let’s be police, the girl next door). In addition to Schneider, The animal stars Colleen Haskell, Edward Asner, John C. McGinley and Louis Lombardi.
Say The animal was a strange comedy might be an understatement, with the movie including everything from general slapstick comedy to Schneider licking Haskell’s face when in his doggy state. Not surprising, The animal was not in favor of most critics, who disapproved of the film for being too crazy. Despite the bad reviews, The animal performed well at the box office, doubling its budget and revenue, and has since amassed a cult following among fans of Schneider and producer Adam Sandler, and now viewers are getting potentially exciting news.
Now it looks like The animal may have a sequel after 20 years, according to Deadline. The new film, tentatively titled The animal 2however, is expected to be released on Fox’s Tubi still waiting for official green light from Fox, who must strike a deal with original production studio, Revolution, to give official green light for The animal 2. If approved, The animal 2 will be produced and directed by Schneider from a script he co-wrote with his wife Patricia Schneider, along with his writing partner Jamie Lissow. The animal 2 would have the following logline:
“Marvin Mange, now an old dog, must learn new tricks as he hunts down a new uber animal with powers far beyond his own ability.”
Will The Animal 2 attract viewers?
Given how much baloney it received from critics at the time, the fact of a possible sequel to Schneider’s The animal will certainly seem strange to many. The plot itself is similar to the first in that it invites ridiculous comedy with a sense of farcical adventure. Those Critics Who Hated The animal are pretty sure to hate The animal 2 based on the description alone, because even if Schneider were given more complete creative control over the project, the sequel would be largely based on the same concept from the original film.
Whether the audience would go for a sequel for The animal after so long, the biggest question behind the film’s development remains. Since the original isn’t considered a mainstream classic, this sequel isn’t exactly highly anticipated as a sequel like Top Gun Maverick was even after decades. That being said, The animal‘s box office pull and lasting impression in the cult world would suggest audiences might go for another rendition of Schneider’s outlandish comedy. On the other hand, some of the charm of the purely goofy comedy that characterized the early 2000s, and much of Schneider’s career, may have faded. While the public waits for new details for The animal 2they can now re-watch the original movie streaming on Hoopla and Cinemax.
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