Illumination, the studio behind Minions, is rebooting Shrek and Puss in Boots, according to a report from Variety.
The term ‘reboot’ is very quickly becoming a dirty word in Hollywood, alongside ‘remake’, ‘prequel’ and ‘Sandler’. It seems that, as the cost of movies continues to skyrocket, every old popular franchise is up for grabs, from Ghostbusters to King Kong to Star Wars. Now we know that even children’s franchises will not be spared, as it seems the Shrek franchise is on the cards for rebooting as well.
The studio handling the rebooting process with be Illumination Entertainment, best known for the Minions film. Rebooting Shrek seems strange, as the original film still stands up and isn’t really that old. The sequels declined in quality, sure, but that’s because the original Shrek was parodying Disney and children’s franchises, and as Shrek became a franchise itself the satire began to wear a little thin. However, Hollywood never let facts or artistic integrity get in the way of money, and so the Shrek and Puss in Boots reboots are on their way to our screens.
Now you may be wondering what if they are going to be replacing the voice actors, but Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri has stated that he would like the original cast to return. Whether that will be possible is unclear, what with potential scheduling conflicts and changes in pay. Meladandri has not said anything about how they intend to reboot Shrek, only that he is excited to use the franchises setting in future films.
Will they be ‘soft’ reboots, taking place after the original films but retreading similar ground, or full on remakes? Will the Puss in Boots remake be just as weird as the first one? Will we hear ‘All Star‘ in the cinema once more? At this early stage, who knows what will happen.
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