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'Nut Job 2′ Set for Jan. 15, 2016

MoviesWill ArnettKatherine HeiglAaron PaulLiam NeesonNetflix Inc.

Producers of the animated comedy "Nut Job" are re-teaming for a sequel with an opening date of Jan. 15, 2016.

The producers of the toon -- Open Road Films, Redrover Co. Ltd., ToonBox Entertainment Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures -- announced Thursday that they are on board for the project.

"The Nut Job" opened with $25.7 million over the four-day weekend at the U.S. box office in what's touted as the biggest independent animated film opening of all time.

Will Arnett voiced the role of a mischievous squirrel who must plan a heist to get into his town's biggest nut shop in order to help his pals in the park gather food to survive the winter. Other voices include Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Stephen Lang, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias and Sarah Gadon.

"Nut Job" is directed by Peter Lepeniotis from a screenplay by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis.

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