Bob Barlen

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Bob Barlen
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Born Robert George Barlen
(1980-07-27) July 27, 1980 (age 36)
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Ryerson University
Canadian Film Centre
Occupation Screenwriter, Producer
Years active 2003–present
Notable work Escape from Planet Earth, The Nut Job 2

Robert George Barlen (born July 27, 1980), best known as Bob Barlen, is a Canadian screenwriter and producer. He is best known for having co-written The Weinstein Company's animated film Escape from Planet Earth (2013) and producing / co-writing "The Nut Job 2" (2017).


Upon graduating from Ryerson University, Barlen attended the Directors' Lab at the Canadian Film Centre.[1]

He co-wrote the screenplay for Escape from Planet Earth [2] released to theaters February 15, 2013. The cast of Escape includes Ricky Gervais, Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, William Shatner, Craig Robinson, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Sofía Vergara, Jonathan Morgan Heit and Steve Zahn.

Escape was the #1 film at the North American box office on President's Day, February 18, 2013.[3]

As of April 23, 2013 Escape From Planet Earth has grossed $54,867,461 at the domestic box office[4] and is now the highest-grossing animated film ever released by The Weinstein Company.[5]

He co-wrote the screenplay for Arctic Justice Thunder Squad, an animated feature film for AMBI Pictures starring Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy.[6]

Barlen is producing and co-writing "The Nut Job 2" starring Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph and Katherine Heigl which is being released domestically by Open Road Films on May 19, 2017. [7]


  1. ^ "The Canadian Film Centre :: Alumni". 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Animated Film 'Escape From Planet Earth' Gets Voice Cast". Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Daily Box Office for Monday, February 18, 2013". Box Office Mojo. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
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  5. ^ Amidi, Amid (2013-03-17). ""Escape from Planet Earth" Sets Weinstein Co. Box Office Record". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Cannes: Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, James Franco Join Voice Cast on 'Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2015-05-05. 
  7. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "'The Nut Job 2' Gets May 2017 Release Date". Retrieved 2016-04-11. 

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