No matter how old I get I’ve always have and always will be a fan of animation, weather it be old classic animation or computer generated animation like Pixar’s TOY STORY or DreamWorks’s SHREK. I am and always will be a hardcore fan. Now with that being said I also like keeping up with the companies that make these wonderful films, and of hearing future announcements on their film franchises and if and how will they continue advancement of their series. To my surprise I got wind that DreamWorks Animation (Pixar’s long time competitor) had their chief Jeffrey Katzenberg sit down with Empire for an interview in which he laid out DreamWorks Animation map for the next decade of sequels in the works. According to Katzenberg, DreamWorks has planes for at least five sequels in store for the Kung Fu Panda franchise and a third and forth instilment for the Madagascar films while the movie How To Train Your Dragon is set for a trilogy with the option for more installments if needed further down the road.
Here’s a bit from the interview: "So today I can tell you pretty succinctly where Madagascar goes. Ultimately they will come back to New York, and they will come to terms with that, which they will do in this next chapter. Because of the way that movie concludes there’s probably one more for them…"
"Yeah, there’s probably a fourth there. Kung Fu Panda actually has 6 chapters to it, and we’ve mapped that out over the years. How To Train Your Dragon is at least three: maybe more, but we know there are a least three chapters to that story. There are actually 8 books."
You can read the full interview over at Empire online: here
With some many sequels planed for just three of their franchises (not to mention other projects not pertaining to these films) it looks like DreamWorks has their work cut out for them for the coming decade.
In my opinion I’m all for this news so long as the films are made with the same respect and quality as their predecessors.