Universal Pictures and “Despicable Me” director Chris Meledandri are reportedly overseeing a minor reboot of Dreamworks’ “Shrek” and “Puss in Boots” franchises.
Universal reportedly wants to revive the beloved characters for a new generation, and Meledandri is hoping to get the original voice cast members like Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz back together for the new takes on the properties.
Speaking with Variety, Meledandri says that reinventing the world of Shrek is a ‘high bar’ and that they want to do something that really feels like a departure from what came before:
“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 grossed nearly $3 billion, while the “Puss in Boots” spinoff in 2011 made a further $555 million.