Shrek Reboot Happening, But Is It A Reboot?
Shrek is getting rebooted and people are confused
- "Shrek" is getting rebooted, and people are confused about the news.
- "Despicable Me" and "Minions" producer Chris Meledandri told Variety that he's overseeing reboots of "Shrek" and spin-off "Puss in Boots."
"Shrek" is getting a reboot, and people are confused, to say the least.
On Tuesday, Variety reported that "Despicable Me" and "Minions" producer Chris Meledandri is overseeing a reboot of the Dreamworks animated franchise. "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," Meledandri said.
The first Shrek was released to critical acclaim and massive box office success in 2001. Then three sequels were made: "Shrek 2" (2004), "Shrek the Third" (2007), and "Shrek Forever After" (2010). Franchise spin-off "Puss in Boots" came out in 2011.
The news is surprising and confusing because the franchise is not that old, because "Shrek 5" has an IMDB page with a 2019 release date. Meledandri hopes the reboot will feature the original cast and characters, but tell a new story.
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"When you look back on those vocal performances they're awesome," Meledandri said. "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."
Here's what people are saying about the reboot announcement:
Although the fourth "Shrek" film was released eight years ago, and "Puss in Boots" seven years ago, "Shrek" has made a lasting impact on pop culture.
Every year, superfans gather in Madison, Wisconsin for Shrekfest, an all-day event featuring all things "Shrek." "Shrek the Musical" premiered in Seattle in 2008, and ran until 2010. A filmed version of the musical was made available on DVD and digital download in 2013.
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