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There’s More ‘Shrek’ in the Works

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There’s More ‘Shrek’ in the Works

After four films and a handful of successful spinoff projects it seems “Shrek” is making a comeback now that its rights-holder DreamWorks Animation has been acquired by Comcast’s NBCUniversal, the home of “Despicable Me.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBCU exec Steve Burke indicated that under the creative control of Illumination Entertainment’s Chris Meledandri  — NBCU’s partner responsible for “Despicable Me” — the studio is actively thinking of ways to resurrect the “Shrek” franchise. NBCU is paying $3.8 billion to acquire DreamWorks from Amblin.

“[Meledandri] is creatively going to try to help us figure out how to resurrect ‘Shrek,'” Burke revealed at the Guggenheim TMT Symposium in New York on Tuesday.

Exact plans for resurrecting “Shrek” haven’t been disclosed, but Comcast/NBCU’s acquisition was intended to “beef up the presence of that studio’s popular characters in theme parks and on store shelves.”

Chances are, that’ll start with a new “Shrek” film. The original four films made $484.4 million, $920 million, $799 million and $753 million, respectively, worldwide. They also spawned the successful “Puss in Boots” movie and the TV specials “Shrek the Halls” and “Scared Shrekless.”

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