Chris Meledandri, the producer of Despicable Me and Minions, is responsible for rebooting Shrek and its spin-off, Puss in Boots.
The news is exciting yet somewhat concerning: Shrek, his donkey and Puss in Boots are set to make a return to our screens. Universal Studios has called on Chris Meledandri to produce this delicate project, as Variety reports. After beginning his career at Disney, the producer is now the CEO of Illumination Entertainment.
After four feature films exploring his adventures, the green ogre Shrek disappeared from circulation almost ten years ago. The character of the cat with the charismatic gaze was introduced after the second installment of the Shrek saga in 2004. Puss in Boots appeared alongside Shrek until the fourth movie, and starred in his own film in 2011.
Although Chris Meledandri hasn't yet spoken out about the plot for the movies, he hopes to rejuvenate the franchise while reuniting the former cast. "Nostalgic" for the performances of Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (the donkey), Cameron Diaz (Fiona) and Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), he'd like to bring the team of star actors back together for the new movies.
His main challenge? Meledandri has said that it's difficult to find the perfect ingredients to stop the public from feeling like it's just another film in the franchise.
These reboots come in the context of the 2016 purchase of DreamWorks by Comcast for a sum of 3.8 billion dollars. Rumor also has it that Chris Meledandri was approached to manage DreamWorks Entertainment, but that he turned down the offer as he couldn't see himself directing two such large companies at the same time.