The sequels start coming and they don’t stop coming—for the Shrek franchise, that is. Illumination Entertainment, led by CEO and Despicable Me producer, Chris Meledandri, just announced that it’s rebooting both Shrek and Puss in Boots. But, the strangest question isn’t why Shrek is getting rebooted, instead, which actors will be chosen to replace Mike Meyers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and Antonio Banderas to voice the beloved characters in the new series?
Nobody, it turns out. In the interview with Variety, Meledandri explains that he hopes not to change the original cast. “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.”
Typically, a reboot would involve an entire casting overhaul so the idea of the same cast voicing the same characters in an entirely new story is a bit confusing. Is this just the long-awaited fifth Shrek movie in disguise? According to Meledandri, no. The producer insists that his new films won’t give you a case of the sequel scaries. A.k.a they’re going to be completely re-imagined, similar to the Spider-Man and Batman franchises.
“There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world, but it’s a high bar,” he explained in Variety, adding, “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.”
While it may have been 17 years since the first film came out in 2001, we’ve certainly had our share of the lovable green ogre ever since. To recap: There’s been three sequels, a musical, the Puss and Boots movie itself in 2011, and the choose-your-own-adventure Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale (which oh by the way, came out on Netflix just last year).