The reboot trend is still going strong.
Variety reports that Shrek and Puss in Boots are getting rebooted. Overseeing the productions is Despicable Me’s Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination Entertainment.
The hugely successful animated film franchise is making its way back to be enjoyed by a whole new generation of moviegoers. The films about the gory yet lovable ogre and his sidekick donkey spawned another successful spinoff about the sword-wielding feline, Puss In Boots.
Comcast, who purchased DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind Shrek in 2016, has tasked Meledandri to reintroduce the beloved characters to our screens. It looks like though Meledandri is more than willing to retain a lot of the original for the reboot, namely the voice performances of Mike Meyers’s Shrek, Eddie Murphy’s Donkey, Antonio Banderas’s Puss in Boots and Cameron Diaz’s Princess Fiona.
“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 tells 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.”
“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,” Meledandri added. “You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure.”