The first movie was an animated hit with an all-star voice cast, so why hasn't Monsters Vs Alien 2 happened yet? Monster Vs Aliens arrived in 2009 and followed Susan Murphy, voiced by Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), who is struck by a meteor on her wedding day and grows to be a giant. Susan soon becomes part of a group of monsters assembled by the government to fight otherworldly threats.
The other monsters include B.O.B, voiced by Seth Rogen (Neighbors), a gelatinous blob and a scientist named Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie). Monsters Vs Aliens was far from a groundbreaking animated feature but it was an entertaining ride and grossed close to $400 million worldwide. The movie also received good reviews for its starry voice cast, which included Rainn Wilson, Kiefer Sutherland, and Paul Rudd (Avengers: Endgame).
Despite being a solid hit for DreamWorks a sequel has yet to arrive, so is Monsters Vs Aliens 2 still possible?
Monsters Vs Aliens 2 Was Cancelled By DreamWorks
While the original was a success in the U.S. it underperformed elsewhere, which is why DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg quickly ruled out Monsters Vs Aliens 2 in 2009. According to Katzenberg, Monsters Vs Aliens and similar animated adventures like Shark Tale with Will Smith (Aladdin) tended not to do big business in other markets, so they stopped working on that style of animated movie parody completely.
Monsters Vs Aliens Spawned A Multimedia Franchise
While Monsters Vs Aliens 2 was quickly halted by DreamWorks it would live on in other forms. This includes short films Night Of The Living Carrots and B.O.B's Big Break, the Monsters Vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space Halloween special, and the Monsters Vs Aliens TV show on Nickelodeon. Sadly, none of the original voice cast returned and the 2013 show failed to connect with viewers, meaning it was canceled after one season.
Monsters Vs Aliens 2 Will (Probably) Never Happen
Following the cancellation of the TV series, there has been no sign of movement from the franchise. Over a decade has passed since the release of the original movie, and while it's well-regarded it doesn't feel like audiences are clamoring for a sequel either. With DreamWorks focused on higher-profiles follow-ups to movies like The Boss Baby and The Croods, the odds of Monsters Vs Aliens 2 happening feel quite low. The most likely scenario for the franchise is some kind of TV reboot, but even on the front, there appears to be little interest in reviving the property.