Shrek set for reboot with Despicable Me creators
Animated megahit Shrek is set for a reboot.
First released in 2001, Shrek featured the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.
It told the story of Shrek, a grumpy ogre who wakes up to find his swamp is filled with magical creatures.
In avoid to rid his home of these unwanted visitors, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back, enlisting the help of a magical donkey to do so.
The series produced four films and a spin-off based around Banderas' character Puss in Boots, with box office takings of over $3.5 billion.
According to Variety, Chris Meledandri, the creator of Despicable Me and key man in its production company Illumination Entertainment, has been tasked with rebooting the series.
The report also states that Meledandri, who will be in cinemas this weekend with his new take on The Grinch, has been asked to keep the same voice cast that powered the original movies
Meledandri said of this: "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 continued: "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.”
There's no timeline on production beginning as yet.