Shrek and spinoff Puss in Boots will both be receiving a reboot via the producer of Despicable Me.
Chris Meledandri, the creator of Despicable Me franchise, said that Universal Pictures had asked him to come up with original storylines to reintroduce Shrek to a new generation of cinemagoers.
The movie news comes after Universal Pictures’ parent company, Comcast, purchased the franchise’s original studio, DreamWorks, for $3.8 billion back in June 2016. Variety reports that Meledandri, whom they branded as “The Most Powerful Man in Animation” in a recent profile piece, will head up a reboot of not only Shrek, but Puss in Boots as well.
Meledandri manages his own Illumination Entertainment, co-owned by Universal and the powerhouse behind the Despicable Me/Minions juggernaut. He is also the senior advisor to DreamWorks Animation.
Meledandri told Variety that, while he’s been tasked with finding new stories to tell, he wants to keep the original Shrek cast of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas intact.
“When you look back on those Shrek vocal performances they’re awesome,” he 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. 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 is in the process of creating the new Shrek script, and further told Variety: “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 worthy of that world. You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure.”
No date or title was announced for a new Shrek film, but seeing that is in its earliest stages, 2020 would be the earliest possible estimate.