'Shrek' is getting rebooted and people don't understand why it's happening

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  • “Shrek” is getting rebooted, and people are confused about the news.
  • “Despicable Me” and “Minions” producer Chris Meledandri told Variety that he’s overseeing reboots of “Shrek” and spin-off “Puss in Boots.”

“Shrek” is getting a reboot, and people are confused, to say the least.

On Tuesday, Variety reported that “Despicable Me” and “Minions” producer Chris Meledandri is overseeing a reboot of the Dreamworks animated franchise. “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,” Meledandri said.

The first Shrek was released to critical acclaim and massive box office success in 2001. Then three sequels were made: “Shrek 2” (2004), “Shrek the Third” (2007), and “Shrek Forever After” (2010). Franchise spin-off “Puss in Boots” came out in 2011.

The news is surprising and confusing because the franchise is not that old, because “Shrek 5” has an IMDB page with a 2019 release date. Meledandri hopes the reboot will feature the original cast and characters, but tell a new story.

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“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome,” Meledandri said. “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.”

Here’s what people are saying about the reboot announcement:

Although the fourth “Shrek” film was released eight years ago, and “Puss in Boots” seven years ago, “Shrek” has made a lasting impact on pop culture.

Every year, superfans gather in Madison, Wisconsin for Shrekfest, an all-day event featuring all things “Shrek.” “Shrek the Musical” premiered in Seattle in 2008, and ran until 2010. A filmed version of the musical was made available on DVD and digital download in 2013. The “Shrek” films and musical have also spawned many memes, which has kept it relevant all these years.

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