What Are You Doing In My Swamp?!
While it ended up falling victim to sequelitis during the end of its cinematic life, plenty still look back on the antics of the big green animated ogre with fondness. After all, Shrek and Shrek 2 are widely considered to be exceptional films with great characters and comedy all ages can appreciate. A shame it can’t be said for the sequels that followed. Not that it has managed to deter the creators of Despicable Me, who have decided that now would be the perfect time to hit the reboot button!
According to an article on Empire –
In a move that could have certain corners of the internet sharpening their pitchforks, Dreamworks’ Shrek franchise is getting a reboot. And when we say corners of the internet, we mean the ones swimming in Shrek and Smash Mouth memes. According to Variety, Chris Meledandri – the founder of Illumination Entertainment, behind Despicable Me, Minions, Sing! and the upcoming Grinch movie, among others – has been tasked with overseeing a ‘revival’ of Shrek and Puss in Boots that would give the self-aware fantasy fairytales a new lease on life.
Luckily, it looks like he doesn’t want to re-cast, and is aiming to reunite Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas and co – but the new films are aiming to be more than just continuing sequels. “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 characterisations,” he told Variety. “The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.”
Do you think this was exactly what the franchise needed? Or do you think it would be better to just let sleeping ogres lie? Either way, we can expect to see plenty more of those disturbing memes to pop up along the way.
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