Additionally, Meledandri hints that the original cast could be returning for the reboot.
The star-studded original cast of the hysterical series featured Mike Meyers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, Antonio Banderas as Puss In Boots, and Cameron Diaz as Fiona. Initially, there had been speculation that Meledandri, whose Illumination Entertainment is co-owned by Universal, would be asked to oversee DreamWorks Entertainment.
"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 characterizations". To do this effectively, Chris Meledandri believes he needs to find a meaningful story to bring these characters into children's lives and not just something that feels like, as he put it, "another sequel". From 2001 to 2010, we got four feature films, five shorts, two TV specials, and enough merchandise to fill an ocean (a prominent feature of this decade).
"The way in which I work with my team to make movies is very intensive and hands-on, and it really doesn't allow me the opportunity to think about running a second operation", he said. He said his main goal is to find new stories to tell within the fractured fairy tale world of Shrek.
'You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure'. "I love the process of making films and working with artists".
But not all fans think Shrek needs a cinema shakeup.