DreamWorks’ “Shrek” is getting the reboot treatment. The loveable ogre and his buddy Donkey, along with the feisty swashbuckling cat are back to make us laugh.
DreamWorks has announced that “Shrek” is being rebooted with the producer of “Despicable Me” franchise. Not only “Shrek”, “Puss in Boots” also being rebooted.
According to a new report, Chris Meledandri, the producer behind the “Despicable Me” franchise, as well as the other Illumination hits, such as “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing”, has been tasked with rebooting “Shrek” and “Puss in Boots”.
Even though these two films are getting new treatment, but in recent interview, Melendadri said the he does not want to recast the actors behind the original films. It means the he wants to keep Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas in their iconic voice roles as Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots.
“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. 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.”
“Shrek” became one of the successful animation franchises. Tells us a story about lovable ogre (voiced by Mike Myers) in mission to rescue Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. The first film was released in 2001, and was became a successful animation hit, earned more than $400 million worldwide with the budget only $60 million.
To date, the four Shrek movies and the Puss in Boots spin-off have made a combined $3.51 billion at the box office, peaking with Shrek 2 in 2004, which brought in $914 million. The last time we saw the famed ogre was in Shrek Forever After back in 2010, with Puss in Boots arriving the following year, earned more than $500 million worldwide.