DreamWorks is already into the spin-off business with Puss in Boots set for release later this year, and now the studio is branching out the Madagascar franchise by hiring writers to work on a movie based on the Madagascar Penguins.
Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers behind DWA’s Will Ferrell-voiced Megamind, have been tapped to tackle the project, which will feature the paramilitary parables of plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico.
The characters were also spun off in a CGI-animated TV show titled The Penguins of Madagascar that aired on Nickelodeon; it finished 2010 as the second most-watched animated show behind SpongeBob SquarePants amongst ages 2-11. The show is now in its second season.
Having already been a hit in past Madagascar movies and with their own TV show it makes sense to give the Penguins their own spin-off. No release date has been set and no director is currently attached, but Schoolcraft and Simons are currently developing the story and writing the script.