DreamWorks Animation has confirmed that everyone's favorite swamp-dwelling ogre is set to return in a revival of the Shrek franchise, which has lain dormant since Shrek Forever After was released in 2010.
The announcement is like a fairytale come true for fans of Shrek, but the future of the franchise's popular spin-off, Puss in Boots, remains in question.
After Puss stole every scene in the Shrek sequels, it looked like the swashbuckling feline had landed on his feet; The first Puss in Boots film was released in 2011, grossing $554.9 million at the box office while earning an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature in the process.
Since then, a TV show called The Adventures of Puss in Boots has continued to tell the story of the adorable feline across two seasons to date, but the fate of his movie sequel still remains in limbo, despite confirmation that his friend Shrek will return to the big screen
Puss in Boot's sophomore outing was originally scheduled for release on December 21, 2018, with Chris Miller returning in the director's chair, but company-wide restructuring in 2015 pushed the film off the schedule and back into development.
The last we heard about Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves, was a few years back, when the voice actor Antonio Banderas dropped some hints about the film's development, saying that:
“They are restructuring the script now. We started…but that’s the process. A lot of people participate in the creation of the script and the story and the narrative, everything. And they include you! They take you to California and you read the script with them, give them your ideas, and a couple of months later you see a new script where everything has been touched up.”
Rumors also suggested that Shrek himself may be a part of Puss in Boots's second adventure, popping up in a cameo role to increase draw more audiences in. Banderas briefly discussed this with Empire, explaining that:
“I heard some rumors that Shrek may be coming back. That would be great. Shrek doing a cameo…in MY movie? Uh, huh! Yeah, I’d like that.”
Now that DreamWorks is intent on bringing Shrek back to cinemas, it's likely that Puss in Boots will follow close behind, but it's unclear yet whether a sequel would stick with the title Nine Lives & 40 Thieves, hinting at a parody of the Ali Baba fairy tale, or simply change direction entirely.
Either way though, the swashbuckling feline has plenty of lives left, so stick around and we'll keep you posted when we hear more about the inevitable Puss in Boots sequel. If all else fails bring back the "ooh" cat — he was the best thing in the whole franchise.
Controversial, I know.
Do you think DreamWorks will ever release Puss In Boots 2? What could the story be?
Sources - Empire