DreamWorks Animation has the most animated franchises out of all the studios, with Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and it created a new one this year with How to Train Your Dragon.
While it continues to produce original movies (Megamind, Monsters vs. Aliens) the money making sequels are its main priority, and we can expect to see a lot more in the future.
Empire recently spoke to DreamWorks Animation boss Jeffrey Katzenberg and he gave them a run-down of the current plans:
“What our movies and our franchises also share in common with Shrek is that they have a beginning, a middle and an end; they’re not open-ended. Each of the films is a chapter of a story and in every instance we knew what that journey was or could be before we even started.
“So today I can tell you pretty succinctly where Madagascar goes. Ultimately they will come back to New York, and they will come to terms with that, which they will do in this next chapter. Because of the way that movie concludes there’s probably one more for them…”
So a fourth?
Katzenberg: “Yeah, there’s probably a fourth there. Kung Fu Panda actually has 6 chapters to it, and we’ve mapped that out over the years. How To Train Your Dragon is at least three: maybe more, but we know there are a least three chapters to that story. There are actually 8 books.”
So fans of Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon will be happy to know they will probably still be making films in 2025, while those who groan at the endless amount of sequels produced will have a lot more groaning to do.
Here’s the current DreamWorks sequel schedule:
Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom – May 26, 2011
Puss in Boots: The Story of an Ogre Killer – November 4, 2011
Madagascar 3 – May 18, 2012
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 2013