When the Zodiac Goes Down: New footage from Hancock Film Festival

  • July 26, 2021

The Hill – The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Warner Bros. will release the Zootopia sequel in theaters and on Netflix on June 26. 

The film’s director, Chris Columbus, has been in talks with studios about adapting the ZOOTOPIA universe for the big screen.

The story is set in 2028 and follows the exploits of a young bunny rabbit named Judy Hopps, a police officer and an avid detective who has been hired to track down a serial killer known as the Zod (pronounced ZOO-don).

Columbus and the ZOD team are led by Nick Wilde, a former member of the Zebra Corporation who is now working with the bunny police force to solve the crime.

The film has been compared to the best-selling, beloved series and the 2014 movie Zootropolis, but Columbus is known for his darker takes on classic crime stories and he has been a fan of the franchise since its original release. 

Columbus will direct the film in addition to producing, co-writing, and co-producing it. 

“We are thrilled to be able to share this film with the public,” Columbus said in a statement.

“We are committed to bringing a unique, exciting, and funny vision of the story to life.”

In the latest teaser trailer for the film, which debuted during the ZOTOPIAS 2028 premiere on Saturday, the bunny cop and his partner Judy Hopper, Judy’s sister, explore the snowy streets of New York City.

It also featured footage of the cityscape and of Nick, Judy, and their rabbit partner Nick Wilde.

The trailer also featured an animated clip of Nick and his partners Judy and Nick. 

According to the release, the Zodiacon film will be directed by Christopher Columbus, who also worked on the 2014 ZOOPIAS movie ZOOM and ZOODZ, and the film will also feature new footage of Judy and Wilde. 

While many fans are excited about the movie, many are not. 

Last month, Fox was forced to pull its films from the 2018-19 theatrical season after reports that the studio’s superhero movie Deadpool was being developed for the movie.