The Shrek series is one of the most successful animated franchises of all-time. The four Shrek films and the spin-off Puss In Boots have grossed over $3.5 billion at the worldwide box office. A fifth Shrek film has been in the works for a couple years. Now thanks to Variety things might be a bit different.

According to the outlet, Despicable Me creator Chris Meledandri has been tasked with bringing new life to the Shrek franchise, which just ended back in 2010. The report also states that one of the main objectives of the revival will be to reinvigorate the story of Puss In Boots as well.

While the stories might be new, Meledandri reportedly doesn’t want to change the voice cast. He believes that part of the magic of Shrek comes from the talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Antonio Banderas, and he’d like to keep them together going forward.

“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 been speculation that Meledandri would take over Dreamworks ever since Universal’s parent company, Comcast, purchased the animation studio back in 2016 for over $3 billion. Instead, he’s opted to tackle Shrek and Puss In Boots as individual projects because he doesn’t think with his particular work style he could balance running both Illumination and Dreamworks full time.

Illumination Entertainment made their name with the billion dollar Despicable Me franchise which introduced the world to the super-villain Gru, but it was his Minions which really stole the show.

Since then the studios had a number of hit movies including The Secret Life of Pets, Sing and their latest film The Grinch.

Source: Variety

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