Brazilian musician Sérgio Mendes has said that a sequel to last year’s animated, avian-centric hit Rio “looks like it’s going to happen.” Rio was released last April and grossed $143m at the U.S. box office. Yesterday, Mendes was nominated in the Best Song Oscar category for co-writing the Fox film’s song “Real in Rio.”
Mendes told the Associated Press that Rio director Carlos Saldanha may tie the sequel to the 2014 World Cup, which is being hosted by Brazil. “I think the plan is for the movie to come three or four months before the World Cup,” said Mendes. “Fox has been talking about [it] and it looks like it’s going to happen. We’re going to have a meeting I think next week and Carlos is coming to tell us the story, and it looks like it’s a go.”
A spokesperson for Fox confirmed the company was interested in turning Rio into a franchise but said no deals had been made at present.