It’s been more than eight years since the final Shrek movie, Shrek Forever After, opened in theaters, while the Puss in Boots movie hit theaters in October 2011. The former grossed $752.6 million worldwide and the latter pulled in $554.9 million. Interest in the two properties has continued over the years and now comes the news that Illumination Entertainment‘s Chris Meledandri has revealed in an interview that reboots are in development. Illumination’s parent company is Universal Pictures, which also owns DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind the Shrek and Puss in Boots movies.
One thing that the reboots won’t changed, however, is the voice cast, including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas. “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,” said 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.”
He added: “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 world. You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure.”
Illumination Entertainment is also working with Nintendo on bringing a Super Mario Bros. movie to the big screen in 2022. “It’s an ambitious task,” said Meledandri. “The challenge is taking things that are so thin in their original form and finding depth that doesn’t compromise what generations of fans love about Mario, but also feels organic to the iconography and can support a three-act structure.”