It was reported back in April that NBC Universal acquired DreamWorks and their characters including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, etc. It should come as no surprise then that they are quickly looking to bank on their investment and bring one of these properties back to the big screen. According to Deadline (via Screen Rant), they are looking to “resurrect” the Shrek series. Continue reading for more details.
Here’s the statement from NBC Universal executives:
As stated by NBC Universal chief Steve Burke earlier today, the plan going forward is for DreamWorks to pump out four theatrical films per year, as opposed to the two per year they currently release.
Illumination Entertainment – another animation company owned by Universal – executive Chris Meledandri is being enlisted by Burke to “try to help us figure out how to resurrect Shrek and take a lot of the existing DreamWorks franchises and add value as we create new franchises.”
There’s no word yet on what this return to the Shrek universe might look like. Will it be another adventure following Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Puss and crew or will they do a reboot on the series? Could it be a spinoff following one of the supporting characters like the Puss in Boots film? Could it be a crossover with one of the other DreamWorks properties or even with the Minions who are under Illumination (owner by Comcast/NBC)? There’s lots of possibilities and just as many questions (like will Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas return?).
Are you interested to see a return to the world of Shrek? Let me know your thoughts on a future Shrek movie in the comment section below. I will keep you updated on any new information the surfaces about this project.