When a studio feature surprises at the box office, you can rest assured that a sequel will most likely be made (think of this summer’s “Now You See Me 2” as a shining example), and it looks like that mentality is also being applied to the documentary “March of the Penguins.” Released in 2005, Luc Jacquet’s non-fiction feature about the yearlong journey of emperor penguins in Antarctica stunned the box office, grossing $77 million in the United States to become the second highest-grossing documentary of all time after Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary and become a staple of middle school science classes.
According to Variety, a sequel is officially underway entitled “March of the Penguins 2: The Call.” Jacquet is returning to direct and has already shot most of the project in 4K. International sales company Wild Bunch is shopping the project to foreign buyers at the Cannes Market, while CAA is handling domestic rights. Rumor has it that a U.S. studio is already circling the project. Disney will be handling distribution rights in France.
It’s still unclear how different the film’s story will be from the original documentary, though expect some clearer footage this time around thanks to the 4K resolution. For more on the Cannes Market, head over to our 2016 rundown.
For more animal-focused documentaries, watch the “Blackfish” trailer below: