'Shrek' Sequel Heads to Drawing Boards1 Jun, 2001 By: Hive News
To no one's surprise, DreamWorks will follow up the blockbuster success of the CGI-animated film Shrek with -- that's right -- a sequel.
This is one sequel even critics and competitiors agree is based on numbers that speak for themselves. Shrek will exit this weekend having grossed around $145 million in 17 days at the boxoffice. It was released May 16.
Screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio will write the sequel for DreamWorks. Elliott and Rossio, who also co-produced Shrek, co-wrote the first screenplay with Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman from a book by William Steig. Elliott and Rossio's credits also include The Mask of Zorro and Disney's Aladdin. The duo also wrote The Road to El Dorado and Small Soldiers for DreamWorks.
The movie was DreamWorks' biggest opening ever and also marked the second-biggest opening for any animated film, at $42.1 million.
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow have not been approached to reprise their voice roles in the untitled sequel.
DreamWorks has no dates for production to start on the sequel. Shrek took five years to reach the big screen. It was directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and produced by Aron Warner, John H. Williams and Jeffrey Katzenberg, along with executive producers Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. David Lipman co-executive produced.