The latest movie from rapidly-growing animation studio #IlluminationEntertainment (#DespicableMe, Secret Life of Pets) hasn't even hit theaters yet, but the talk of a potential sequel is already buzzing.
#Sing has so many things going for it, including the star studded cast and the fact that the young studio has yet to make a misstep. So it's not surprising that early reviews are all rather favorable for the film. (The only criticism being the predictability of the story so far.)
Sing appears to be a film both adults and kids will love, even if it's just for the instantly recognizable voices and the catchy tunes.
So how likely is it that the movie will get a sequel? Very likely, and let's take a look at some of the four key reasons it probably will.
4. Star Power
When you have a movie including three Oscar winners (Matthew McConaughy, Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Hudson), three Oscar nominees (Seth McFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Wes Anderson), an Emmy Winner (Rhea Perlmen), a Golden Globe nominee (Scarlet Johansson), four Grammy nominees (Seth McFarlane, John C. Reilly, and director Garth Jennings --who was known for his music videos prior to directing movies), and a Grammy winner (Hudson agian), you're off to a phenomenal start.
Given the caliber of those involved in the film it's safe to say the acting, singing, and music will be unlike anything we've seen (or heard) before in an animated feature. As long as the script and the music can (or at least come close) to matching the actors, the movie will be a huge success and will definitely prompt fans to demand a sequel. The actors will most likely pull in an older audience as well.
Plus, where else will we get to see #MatthewMcConaughy singing in Koala Bear form?
3. Budget and Potential Gross
Illumination Entertainment has somehow managed to create a formula that produces huge movies filled with stars on a small budget. Sing reportedly only has a budget of $75 million dollars, which is the same amount as this year's Secret Life of Pets and one million more than last year's #Minions. Given that the studio's last three projects all grossed nearly $1 billion dollars worldwide (with Minions grossing over 1.1 billion), Sing is likely to similarly perform.
With its all-star cast and use of widely popular music, Sing will have no problem recouping their budget and performing well enough at the box office to encourage the studio at least think about creating a sequel in the near future.
One of the biggest reasons people will probably see this movie is the soundtrack. Kids want to see animals singing their favorite songs from the radio and adults want to hear their favorite actors (most of whom don't typically sing) rock the house with amazing vocals.
Although we've only seen snippets of the performances from the movie, we do know that Sing will feature songs by Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Seal, Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Nicki Miniaj, Lady Gaga, and others (check out the full list of songs from the soundtrack here).
If Disney has taught us anything about music in animated films, it's that those songs are very easy to get stuck in your head. Now you might be asking yourself, What does the soundtrack of this movie have anything to do with a sequel? If the film is a success, people will be listening to these songs on repeat for months, boosting the artist's ratings.
If a sequel were to happen, artists would be jumping at the chance for that kind of visibility, and if huge names are begging the studio to be a part of Sing 2, then it's a safe bet Illumination will isn't going to pass that up.
Just check out the original song for the movie, "Faith" by Stevie Wonder (feat. Ariana Grande) in the video below. It's a riveting, upbeat, fun song!
1. Illumination Entertainment's Sequel Track Record
Illumination Entertainment is a rather young studio, having only released six movies so far. Sing will be their seventh. However, they've made a massive amount of money and their properties are known and loved all around the world. (Ask any child what a Minion is and you'll know that to be fact.) During their short time in the animation industry, they haven't shied away from making sequels either. Of their six movies, half of them belong to the same franchise. (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and Minions.) So the chances of them turning Sing into a franchise are high.
Additionally, if you look at their upcoming movies, you'll also see that they have a few sequels planned as well. Next year, we'll be seeing a Despicable Me 3 and the year after that a sequel to 2016's Secret Life of Pets. Given their track record, the only reason Sing wouldn't get a sequel is if it somehow bombs at the box office or gets horrible reviews, which doesn't seem to be the case so far.
Given all of the above information, I would be hugely surprised if Sing doesn't get a sequel greenlit. However, the movie doesn't come out until December 21st, so we'll have to wait and see what moviegoers think of the film. Nevertheless, based on what I've seen of the movie so far, it should be entertaining at the very least.
What do you think? Will Sing manage to get a sequel? Let me know in the comment below!