Roger Allers has joined the directing team of Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming animated feature Open Season, and Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman have come on board as writers. Open Season, which features the voices of Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher, is a buddy comedy about a happily domesticated 900-pound grizzly bear named Boog (Lawrence), who has his comfortable world turned upside down when he meets a fast-talking wild mule deer named Elliot (Kutcher). The pic is based on the humor of cartoonist Steve Moore (In the Bleachers) and is directed by Jull Culton and Allers, and co-directed by Anthony Stacchi.