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The Future of Shrek


Stax over at IGN has the scoop on the upcoming Shrek projects. Read on:

In addition to Shrek the Third, which opens May 18, DreamWorks Animation is developing another feature film sequel as well as Shrek the Halls, a half-hour TV special set to air this Christmas. IGN got the scoop on both projects during a recent visit to the offices of PDI/Dreamworks Animation for a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of Shrek the Third.

Several of that film’s key personnel — including production designer Guillaume Aretos, art director Peter Zaslav, Head of Layout Nick Walker and Head of Character Animation Tim Cheung — all confirmed that they are working on Shrek the Halls in conjunction with their duties on Shrek the Third.

“It’s a half-hour Christmas special for ABC. We’re visiting some old environments and all the core groups of characters,” Zaslav said. He added that the special will focus on “mostly [characters] we’ve seen. There are a couple of new characters.” As far as the cast for the special goes, Zaslav confirmed that “it’s the same group [including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz] and it really integrates seamlessly, I think, with taking place where Shrek the Third left off.”

Zaslav hopes Shrek the Halls won’t be remembered the same unkind way that the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special is, “unless it’s cult classic kind of status. It’s actually going to be on for 15 years every Christmas. That’s the plan. So it has to be visually and story-wise up with all the Shrek films in terms of quality. So far it’s looking really good.”

When asked if Kris Kringle, a.k.a. Santa Claus, will make an appearance in Far Far Away, Zaslav coyly replied, “He might; he might.”

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