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Peter T Chattaway

Shrek 5

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Despite what the headline says, it ain't a "reboot" if it's actually a sequel. (I know it's fashionable these days to refer to revivals of TV shows like Roseanne and Frasier as "reboots", but come on. They're not exactly re-casting the characters or erasing existing continuity. Even the JJ Abrams Star Trek "reboot" keeps continuity with the earlier films and TV shows via the character of Spock Prime and the various nods to Star Trek: Enterprise.)

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‘Shrek,’ ‘Puss in Boots’ Getting Rebooted (EXCLUSIVE)
Shrek” and “Puss in Boots” are getting rebooted and Chris Meledandri, the man behind “Despicable Me,” is overseeing their revival.
Universal Pictures has tasked Meledandri with finding some fresh story lines to reintroduce the lovable ogre and the sword-wielding feline to new generations of moviegoers. One thing the animation guru doesn’t want to mess with is with the vocal performances. Part of the popularity of “Shrek” is attributable to a voice cast that included Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas, and in a lengthy profile in Variety, Meledandri says he would like to get the band back together.
“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.”
The move comes after the studio’s parent company, Comcast, bought DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind “Shrek,” in 2016 for $3.8 billion. Initially, there had been speculation that Meledandri, whose Illumination Entertainment is co-owned by Universal, would be asked to oversee DreamWorks Entertainment. However, Meledandri says he came to feel that he couldn’t manage the two companies and still maintain the same level of quality in the films he makes. . . .
Variety, November 6

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