'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' Sequel Will Be An Original Story
In a perfect storm of animation that didn't come from Pixar this time, Sony Pictures Animation delivered a hilarious and fantastic movie in the form of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs back in 2009. We know that a sequel was put into development back in April of 2010, but directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller wouldn't be back to direct (they're on 21 Jump Street). Since the film was loosely based on the children's book of the same name, it was said the sequel book, titled Pickles in Pittsburgh, would inform the sequel. However, 24 Frames reports the sequel will instead be an original story, and there are new writers attached.
Apparently the writing team of John Francis Daley (formerly a star of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Bones") and Jonathan Goldstein are writing a new draft of the script. The duo have been on a hot streak lately having written Horrible Bosses and the upcoming magician comedy Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell. Since the first film deviated so much from the original children's book, I'm not surprised the sequel won't be using the second book at all. Honestly, since Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs found a great comedic niche, I can't wait to see how the sequel turns out. As for who might direct, no names were given, but apparently the studio is looking to bring up someone from the first film who worked on developing the story to take over.