Jeffrey Katzenberg announced in Cannes this week that Dreamworks plans to do a "Shrek 3" and a "Shrek 4" should the latest sequel be a success.
"Before the first one was finished we talked about what the whole story of Shrek is, and each of the chapters answers questions about the first movie and gives us an insight."
"Shrek 3 and 4 are going to reveal other unanswered questions and, finally, in the last chapter, we will understand how Shrek came to be in that swamp, when we meet him in the first movie. There is a reason he came to be there, but there is another chapter to the story before that", he says.
DreamWorks animation head Ann Daly, said that with the
success of "Shrek 2," the studio would move ahead, one at a time, with
plans for a third and fourth installment. "It wasn't really advisable to start
working on three and four until we knew that we actually had something in
two, and certainly this weekend confirmed that we do," she said. Daly said
DreamWorks was in final talks with the principal voice actors (Myers, Diaz,
Murphy, Banderas) to return.
Record-breaking "Shrek 2" cast a bigger box office spell than first imagined, convincing distributor DreamWorks SKG that even grumpy green ogres can live happily after -- at least for two more sequels. The head of DreamWorks animation, Ann Daly, said that with the success of "Shrek 2," the studio would move ahead, one at a time, with plans for a third and fourth installment. "It wasn't really advisable to start working on three and four until we knew that we actually had something in two, and certainly this weekend confirmed that we do," she said. Daly said DreamWorks was in final talks with the principal voice actors to return, including Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz as the newlywed green ogres with horn-shaped ears, Eddie Murphy as the talking Donkey, and Antonio Banderas as the swashbuckling Puss in Boots.
'Shrek 3' & 4 Already in the Works
10 June 2004 (StudioBriefing)
Jeffrey Katzenberg has disclosed that work on Shrek 3 began nine months ago and that work on Shrek 4 began three months ago. Katzenberg made the disclosure during an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald as he arrived in the Australian city for the local premiere of Shrek 2. "We have two more chapters to tell. Not unlike Peter Jackson did with The Lord of the Rings. The difference is they did have the guts to make all three of them back-to-back-to-back," he said, noting that in the case of the Shrek films, 13 years will have passed from the time the original began production until the fourth film is released in 2009. "We do spend three or four years making them," he said. "The nature of the process is [that] you get to see your work and view it over and over and over again -- and redo it and remake it in a way that live action doesn't have." Katzenberg credited Pixar's John Lasseter with "carrying the Disney flame," explaining that "Lasseter has all of those qualities that Walt Disney had as a storyteller. He has very much a childlike perspective in terms of how he looks at the world and how he sees things."
Box Office Prophets
Before Shrek 2 even made it into theaters, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Co. had already fast-tracked Shrek 3 and 4. After the resounding success of the first sequel, it's easy to understand why DreamWorks would be rushing to get the third film in the series to theaters by the 2006 Christmas holiday.
According to Katzenberg, both Shrek 3 and 4 will answer some unresolved issues and then in the fourth and final chapter, it will be revealed how Shrek came to be in his swamp and what happened to him before the events of the first film.
Rumors surrounding the plotline of the third film have Shrek contending with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy are all expected to return, though Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots) has yet to be signed (based on the popularity of the character, though, it would be a monumental mistake if he is left out of any sequels).
Already onboard to work on the screenplay are the co-writers of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Peter Seaman and Jeffrey Price. (Kim Hollis/BOP)
A bouncing baby ogre is a likely addition. It seems to be the natural progression to director Andrew Adamson, who worked on the original and the sequel. "In the first Shrek, he learned to love. In the second, he learns to love himself. So thematically, and having just had one myself, a child would require him to say, 'I'm comfortable enough to be a mentor.' " And a Shrek 4 is in the offing, as well.