Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart are 'Pets'

Pets

Illumination is on a bit of a roll lately, what with its surprisingly durable Despicable Me franchise set to spin off into a standalone Minions movie (and a third Despicable on the way), but the studio needs more properties to ensure long-term box office domination -- and they might have found one with the picture currently being referred to as Untitled Pets Movie

Deadline reports that Illumination and Universal are already rounding out the voice cast for Pets, which already boasts a script by Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and a directorial commitment from fellow Despicable vets Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.

While it doesn't have an official title yet, Pets has plenty of talent -- aside from the aforementioned behind-the-scenes crew, the voice cast currently includes comics du jour Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart, as well as Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet. Deadline's report describes the plot as follows:

The action comedy is set in a Manhattan apartment building. After the two-legged residents head for work and school, their pets gather to start their day, which consists of hanging out, trading humiliating stories about their owners, and helping each other work up adorable looks that will lead to more snacks. The head hound is a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.), whose position at the epicenter of his master’s universe is suddenly threatened when she comes home with Duke (Stonestreet), a sloppy mongrel with no polish. The two soon find themselves on the mean streets of New York, where they meet the adorable white bunny Snowball (Hart). It turns out that Snowball is the leader of an army of pets that were abandoned and are determined to get back at humanity and every owner-loving pet. The dogs must thwart this plot and make it back in time for dinner.

Pets is currently scheduled to arrive on February 12, 2016, a little more than six months after The Minions bows on July 10, 2015.

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