A Puss in Boots sequel is officially on the way at DreamWorks Animation.
A follow-up to the 2011 CG-animated film has gone into development, and they’ve got an Oscar-winner on board to direct. At the helm is Bob Persichetti, who was Head of Story on the first Puss in Boots movie – where he amusingly voiced the “Ohhh Cat” – and who has just won an Academy Award for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (he was one of the film’s three directors).
Deadline broke the news, reporting that Puss in Boots producer Latifa Ouaou will be returning to oversee the sequel’s development, working closely with DreamWorks Animation on behalf of Illumination and Chris Meledandr.
Puss in Boots was a spinoff from the hit Shrek franchise. Antonio Banderas reprised the titular role, voicing the outlaw cat on a mission to find the eggs of the fabled Golden Goose to clear his name, restore his lost honour and regain the trust of his mother and town. The film did well critically and financially, achieving a Rotten Tomatoes score of 85% and earning $US555 million worldwide from a budget of $US130 million. It also received a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination.
We’re still waiting to find out what the studios have in mind on the Shrek side of things. Word broke in November 2018 that Meledandri, whose credits also include Minions and The Secret Life of Pets, was to shepherd the revival of the brand and find “some fresh story lines” to take Shrek and co. back to the big screen.
As a refresher, here’s a look back at the trailer: