Taking to Twitter, MacFarlane himself has announced that the sequel is aiming to head into cinemas over the Passover weekend in two years’ time, making it April 3rd, 2015:
RT @JohnnyMctardo: @SethMacFarlane when is Ted 2? // We’re aiming for a 2015 Passover release date.
And Universal have confirmed, via ScreenCrush, that the sequel is indeed aiming for an April 2015 release date.
No word yet on exactly who’s going to be coming back for the sequel, but expect to see more of Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis alongside MacFarlane’s animated bear, as well as Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn.
After seeing Giovanni Ribisi as the antagonist in the original movie, it should be really interesting to see what direction the sequel takes, and if there’s going to be another bad guy this time around.
MacFarlane is currently in post-production on his anticipated comedy-western, A Million Ways to Die in the West, in which he stars alongside Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Neil Patrick Harris. The movie is slated for release in May 2014, putting about a year between that and Ted 2.
Wahlberg has been busy working on Transformers 4, continuing the franchise under Michael Bay’s direction, and so production on the sequel would likely begin sometime next year, to give plenty of time for the motion capture to be completed by the spring of 2015.
Ted 2 would currently open unopposed if it keeps to its April 3rd, 2015 slot. It would be opening a week after The Penguins of Madagascar, and (temporarily) has April all to itself.