'Peter Rabbit 2' in the Works From Sony Pictures

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Sony has dated the movie that will bring back director Will Gluck.

Peter Rabbit will be up to his old tricks again, and hopefully bring in more lettuce for Sony Pictures.

Off the surprise success of the CG/live-action hybrid film Peter Rabbit, Sony has announced its intent to make a sequel, dating the next installment for Feb. 7, 2020. (The movie will open March 27, 2020, in the U.K.)

Will Gluck, who directed the first pic, will return to write and direct the follow-up.

Peter Rabbit, which saw James Corden voice the popular character from the Beatrix Potter books and also starred Domhnall Gleeson, proved to be an under-the-radar hit when it was released Feb. 9. The movie grossed $115 million in the U.S. and was, per Sony, the studio’s biggest-ever non-James Bond film in the U.K., with a $55.7 million gross there, where it held the No. 1 spot for four weeks in a row.  The pic grossed $325 million worldwide.

Peter Rabbit went after the same audience as Paddington 2, another CG/live-action movie that was based on an iconic British literary property. Paddington 2 has a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, while Peter Rabbit has a 62 percent score, but, as Sony boasted in its announcement, Peter Rabbit surpassed the lifetime tally of both Paddington movies. (Despite universal acclaim, Paddington 2 made only $40 million in the U.S. and $225 million worldwide.)

Sony also dated its thriller Escape Room for Nov. 30 of this year, and moved up an untitled animated film produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Feb. 7, 2020, to Jan. 10, 2020.