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Here’s something that might leave “Shrek” fans feeling ogre-joyed.
A reboot of the popular animated franchise about a green ogre is now in the works through the studio behind the “Despicable Me” movies, Variety reported. Chris Meledandri – the head of Illumination Entertainment – told the outlet he was tapped by Universal Pictures to come up with new ideas for both “Shrek” and its spinoff flick, “Puss in Boots.”
Meledandri expressed an eagerness to reunite cast members such as Mike Myers (who voices Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey) and Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots) for future installments.
“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” Meledandri told Variety. “The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.”
Universal purchased the rights to DreamWorks – the studio that created “Shrek” – in 2016 for a reported $3.8 billion.
Meledandri and Universal are both co-owners of the Illumination studio, which also produced “The Secret Life of Pets” and the upcoming “The Grinch” movie.
Universal chief Steve Burke previously said in 2016 following the acquisition of DreamWorks that they’d explore the possibility of bringing “Shrek” back.
The first “Shrek” movie premiered in 2001, and three sequels have followed in the years since. The lone “Puss in Boots” movie came out in 2011 and is based on the cat character that appears in multiple “Shrek” movies.
A rep for Universal did not immediately provide any additional information.
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