'Secret Life of Pets 2' in the works, set for 2018 release

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Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have launched development on the sequel to its animated hit "The Secret Life of Pets." The release date is scheduled for July 13, 2018.

Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the follow-up to the comedy, which set a record for best U.S. opening weekend for an original film, animated or otherwise, with $104.3 million. Chris Renaud will return to direct and writer Brian Lynch is back to write the script.

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"The Secret Life of Pets" has hit $400 million at the worldwide box office with $300.3 million at the domestic box office and $103.5 million internationally, where it opened No. 1 in 18 markets to date. "Pets" is just launching its run into 48 more territories, with China opening Tuesday.

"The Secret Life of Pets" is directed by Renaud and Yarrow Cheney and written by Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Its voice cast includes Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Jenny Slate and Albert Brooks.

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WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Actors Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Central Intelligence' at Westwood Village Theatre on June 10, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart, right, prepares to lead an impromptu 5K run he organized on social media through Piedmont Park Friday, June 12, 2015, in Atlanta. Hart is in town to perform at Philips Arena Friday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Kevin Hart accepts the Comedy Star of the Year award at the 2015 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Honoree Kevin Hart, recipient of the Comedic Genius Award, poses in the press room during The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Actor Kevin Hart (C) with Heaven Hart (L) and Hendrix Hart (R) during The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
Kevin Hart, Director/Writer Etan Cohen and T.I. seen at Warner Bros. Pictures Los Angeles Premiere of "Get Hard" on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Hollywood. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Kevin Hart, left, shares a laugh with Will Ferrell before Ferrell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. Looking on in the background is actor John C. Reilly. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Host Kevin Hart, left, and Jeffrey Ross appear on stage at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Host Kevin Hart appears on stage at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Anna Kendrick, left, and Kevin Hart present the award for achievement in an animated short film at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Kevin Hart reacts after being named game MVP of the NBA All-Star celebrity basketball game Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Kevin Hart and fiancé Eniko Parrish with Jiff are seen at EA SPORTS Madden Bowl 2015 Thursday, Jan., 29, 2015, in Phoenix. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision for EA SPORTS/AP Images)
Kevin Hart is seen at EA SPORTS Madden Bowl 2015 Thursday, Jan., 29, 2015, in Phoenix. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision for EA SPORTS/AP Images)
Kevin Hart poses in the press room at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Kevin Hart -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Actor/comic Kevin Hart walks the red carpet for the screening of his concert film, 'What Now?' at Regal Gallery Place on October 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/FilmMagic)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12: Actor Kevin Hart and wife, Eniko Parrish attend 'Kevin Hart: What Now?' Philadelphia Screening at UA Riverview 17 on October 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
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