SHREK and spin-off film Puss In Boots are set to return to the big screen — as reboots, not sequels.
Variety reports Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri has been tasked with masterminding the reboots.
And while fans might be nervous the term “reboot” implies the films will start with a completely clean slate, Meledandri says he’s keen to keep the most of the original voice cast intact — including Mike Myers as Shrek and Eddie Murphy as Donkey.
“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 characterisations,” Meledandri told Variety. “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 first Shrek movie was a massive worldwide hit when it premiered in 2001, and spawned three sequels — the last of which, Shrek Forever After, was released in 2010. A spin-off, Puss In Boots, followed a year later.
All of which begs the question: Why are they going back to the drawing board and “rebooting” the franchise with a brand new film, rather than giving fans another sequel?
How can you reboot an angel??? how can you improve a god?????https://t.co/plU6gCX8D8— 🦃faith🦃 (@faith_schaffer)
Who asked for this? There is nothing wrong with OG Shrek. Leave the good things alone. https://t.co/q1kT9stkU4— Charnelle Blackwood (@x_charneezy)
Finding out they rebooting Shrek pic.twitter.com/fu2U6euAFN— SpyKeenWatson (@Grabeelfan)
Seem liked they didn’t come up with a Plot for Shrek 5..so they decide to reboot! https://t.co/yq5Dtoo7qP— Digi 😼 (@DigiDriver)
Me, praying the Shrek reboot will be a sweet dream not a beautiful nightmare pic.twitter.com/UfkpNfQe6r— 🦃faith🦃 (@faith_schaffer)
Like literally what is the point of a Shrek reboot? It’s not dated, it’s cgi animation, and isn’t the franchise still ongoing?? I literally just heard about Shrek 5 a few weeks ago…— Trafalgar Lawliet (@_JackPBrown)
Ummmmm. Who said y’all can touch the masterpiece that is Shrek?? Can this reboot not happen, please.— RAI (@rjenelle)
No matter what company you have, what studio producers or budget or equipment or whatever you have to make a movie, nothing will ever live up to the “I Need A Hero” scene from Shrek 2; so please, don’t make a reboot and just make Shrek 5. pic.twitter.com/5wvhIaMiX3— 🦃legitpotato🍁 (@LegitPotato05)
We have one question about all this: Did Heidi Klum know? Was her Halloween costume last week actually an audition to get cast in the reboot?