It’s been seven years since the world was treated to the hijinks of Shrek and his merry band of misfits, but it looks like the wait is over for a fifth entry into the franchise! Well, we may need to wait a little longer for them to actually develop and animate the movie, but according to screenwriter Michael McCullers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Boss Baby, and Hotel Translyvania 3), Universal Studios is ready to greenlight the new installment in the popular series. Not only will this be the fifth film in a huge franchise, it will also be something of a reinvention, which should hopefully bring in an entirely new generation of fans.
The most recent installment in the Shrek franchise, Shrek Forever After, certainly wasn’t the peak of the series. After kicking off to a truly monumental start way back in 2001 with the topsy-turvy story of a hero ogre who falls in love with a beautiful green princess, the later movies didn’t quite live up to bar set by the first two. But DreamWorks has now had a six year break since then and is back with an all new sequel that, they promise, will return the series to its former glory. (more…)
It’s been a while since the first Shrek movie came to the big screen and dazzled audiences with its charm and genuinely clever sense of humor. It’s been 15 years, in fact. Another Shrek dropped in 2004 and had an equally good reception. Then the downhill spiral began with Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010). Now, the new holders of DreamWorks Animation hope to bring the big, green bastard back. Scroll on to learn the how and why of it. (more…)
When you think of a wonderland, you don’t necessarily think of New Jersey but DreamWorks has decided to plant a theme park right in the middle of the Garden State miles away from New York City and right in the heart of what will surely become an endless traffic jam. This is how the world ends people, not with a boom or a sniffle, but with martial law, E-Z Pass Warlords, and mayhem on Route 3 in a swamp called East Rutherford.
The company headed by Jeffrey Katzenberg, will base the park around characters like Shrek, Kung Fu, and the cast of characters from Madagascar. According to Movies.com, Katzenberg called the project: “A one-of-a-kind retail and entertainment destination in North America”.
The venue will hold, according to The Wrap:
“Themed rides and attractions, along with retail venues, a water park, an ice-skating rink, an indoor ski park and theaters. Plans also call for 1.7 million square feet of retail space, along with 150,000 square feet of dining and restaurant space.”
The Meadowlands, which sounds so much lovelier than it is (I’ve lived in this state and within 30 miles of that place for more than 1/3 of my life) currently hosts the new Giants Stadium, the worthless Izod Center (an arena built for a hockey team and a basketball team that have now abandoned it), and the monument to eyesores and boondoggles everywhere (that is 5 years past when it was supposed to open) — the mall shell that was Xanadu, is now The American Dream Complex, and which will soon be Shrek land, or whatever they decide to call it. One-of-a-kind indeed.
Source: The Wrap