*cue the Smash Mouth*
Your childhood favourite, Shrek (plus his feline pal, Puss in Boots), will be the next unnecessarily rebooted film series with Universal Pictures confirming they are planning to overhaul the animated films for a new generation.
Speaking to Variety, the head of Illuminatuion Entertainment (which is co-owned by Universal), Chris Meledandri said he had been tasked with finding fresh storylines and rebooting the franchise. Meledandri has previously overseen the Despicable Me series and the spin-off Minions series.
The original film was released in 2001 and featured the iconic cast of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. Meledandri said he is keen on retaining the original cast.
“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,” explains Meledandri. “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.”
“There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world, but it’s a high bar to find a story that’s truly world,” said Meledandri. “You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure.”
Watch this space.
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