Dreamworks Animation’s most prolific director Tom McGrath is returning to direct the sequel to the 2017 hit The Boss Baby.
Dreamworks’ parent conglomerate Universal Pictures had previously announced the Boss Baby sequel back in 2017, but confirmed its director and producer only this week.
This will be Tom McGrath’s sixth directorial gig at Dreawmorks, more than any other director at the studio. In addition to handling the original Boss Baby, McGrath also helmed the first three films in the Madagascar franchise (all co-directed with Eric Darnell) and Megamind. Collectively, his films have grossed $2.7 billion globally. Hear Tom McGrath talk about the original Boss Baby in this interview with Cartoon Brew.
Jeff Hermann is producing. He was the producer of Dreamworks’ Academy Award-shortlisted shorts Bilby and Bird Karma, as well as the upcoming DWA short Marooned, which will premiere next month at Annecy.
Though it’s his first time out as a film producer, Hermann was co-producer on Kung Fu Panda 3. An 18-year-veteran of the studio, other roles he’s had include production supervisor on Sinbad and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and production manager on the first two Kung Fu Panda films.
Based on a children’s book by Marla Frazee, the original Boss Baby featured Alec Baldwin in the title role. The film was a global hit, grossing nearly $528 million worldwide. It was also spun off into its own Netflix series, The Boss Baby: Back in Business. Twenty-six episodes have been produced to date.