I kind of love Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. While on the surface it looks like a forgettable family film that’s a quick cash-in on a children’s book, it’s actually a witty and at times darkly comic film that has no problem being absolutely bizarre. And despite the anti-family film humor, the movie managed to rack up $243 million worldwide and Sony has been mulling over a sequel the past couple of years. Now it looks like Cloudy 2 is gaining some traction as 24 Frames reports that the studio has hired Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to write the script. I caught Horrible Bosses last night and while I’m not sure how much was ad-libbing and how much was Daley and Goldstein, it was the funniest R-rated comedy I’ve seen so far this summer. Hiring Daley and Goldstein is a good sign that Sony isn’t going to ditch the weirdness that made the original so enjoyable.
Unfortunately, Lord and Miller won’t be returning, but “the producers are set to hire a director who had worked in a lower-profile capacity developing the story for the original.” The film won’t be based on Ron and Judi Barrett’s follow-up kids’ book Pickles to Pittsburgh, but will use an original idea. I eagerly await the future adventures of Flint Lockwood and food-based catastrophe.