Universal Studios have tasked the man behind the Despicable Me movies, Chris Meledandri, to bring everybody’s favorite ogre, Shrek back to the big screen.
According to a report from Variety, one of the main objectives of the revival will be to reinvigorate the story of Puss ‘n’ Boots as well. Meledandri has been tasked with finding coming up with new story lines to reintroduce Shrek and Puss to the new generation of moviegoers.
The famed animation guru also has no plans to change the original voice cast as he believes the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas are all part of the magic of Shrek.
“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.”
This move to revive the franchise comes after Universal Pictures’ parent company, Comcast bought DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind Shrek for $3.8 billion back in 2016, putting the studio under the same umbrella as Meledandri’s Illumination Animation, which produced Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets.