The Shrek films were a surprisingly funny satirical take on the fairy tale genre. But it has been eight years since we saw the lovable titular ogre, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss in Boots in an unlikely adventure that would feature sword swinging, medieval tropes, and humor.
Now it looks like Shrek, along with the Puss in Boots spinoff, are getting a reboot from Despicable Me creator Chris Meledandri. More on the report, below.
Variety says Universal has given Meledandri the task of overseeing the reboots for Shrek and Puss in Boots. He will be responsible for finding some fresh storylines to reintroduce the lovable ogre and the sword-wielding feline to new generations of moviegoers. But the one thing he does not want to do is mess with the original voice cast. The goal is to get everyone to reprise their respective voice roles, including Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots.
Here’s what Meledandri had to say about those vocal performances:
“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.”
The Shrek franchise, including the Puss in Boots spinoff film, grossed a total of $1.4 billion worldwide. And this was over the course of seven years starting from 2007 and ending in 2011.
The announcement does come after Comcast, Universal’s parent company, bought DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind Shrek, in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The move led to speculation that Meledandri would oversee DreamWorks Animation. However, Meledandri admits that he could not manage both Illumination and DreamWorks while maintaining the same level of quality.
Here’s what he had to say:
“The way in which I work with my team to make movies is very intensive and hands-on, and it really doesn’t allow me the opportunity to think about running a second operation. I love the process of making films and working with artists. I don’t think I’m particularly great at managing companies.”
As to what these reboots could be about, Meledandri admits he hasn’t quite cracked the story, yet. However, he adds that it is only a matter of time before audiences will get to return to the satirical fairy tale world.
It will be interesting to see how audiences respond to this. Honestly, does anyone actually remember there was a fourth Shrek movie? And what exactly could they do that pokes fun at the fairy tale genre that they themselves or studios like Disney has not done already? However, if they can find a way to be a bit edgier and meta, maybe it could work.
The Shrek films aren’t all that bad. They just ran out of gas by the third film. So maybe a new take on the film is just what the franchise needs to stay alive. Of course, we will keep you posted on any new developments, should they come in.