Shrek and Puss in Boots are coming back – before you groan, read more!
Well, here is some fun reboot news. (This is a sentence I never thought I’d write.) It appears that we’re getting a reboot of Shrek and Puss in Boots from Illumination Entertainment. Chris Meledandri spoke to Variety and said that this is happening, and I’m actually happy about it. We haven’t seen a Shrek movie in over eight years and it’s been seven since Puss in Boots. I’ve been doing this for over 10 years, and though I normally freak out when I hear things being rebooted that I’ve covered in my career, these are franchises I’d love to see more from.
Want to know why? It’s because we’re still getting the same cast to do the voices. We have Mike Myers voicing Shrek, Eddie Murphy voicing Donkey, Cameron Diaz voicing Fiona and Antonio Banderas voicing Puss in Boots. Yup, that’s the kicker. If you’re not taking away the voices that made the characters famous, you’re probably going to keep more people on board. Meledandri said in the interview, “When you look back on those vocal performances, they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations. The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.”
I know reboots are controversial, especially when they come this soon after the franchise ended. I’d love to know what you guys think. Are you on board with the reboots of Shrek and Puss in Boots? What do you think of having the same actors voice the roles? Let us know in the comments.