Dreamworks is planning a sequel to its most successful movie ever, the smash hit Kung Fu Panda. Dreamworks chief executive, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been quoted as saying, “We’ve started conversations about it, and I think in the next 30 or 60 days, we’ll be able to talk completely about that.”
Kung Fu Panda made $560 million (£299 million) in global ticket sales, overtaking the Shrek movies.
Kung Fu Panda, for those who have not watched the movie, is the story of a clumsy but endearing panda, Po, who works in his family’s noodle shop and dreams of being a Kung Fu master. Po has to fulfill an ancient prophecy and gets to learn Kung Fu under Master Shifu, along with his idols, Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. Po gets a chance to face his fears and be a real Kung Fu master when he has to take on the dangerous snow leopard Tai Lung.
The voiceovers in Kung Fu Panda are provided by Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Dan Fogler, Michael Clarke Duncan, Wayne Knight, and James Hong.
Kung Fu Panda was directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne.
Apart from Kung Fu Panda 2, Dreamworks plans to make two more Madagascar sequels after Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which will be released in November 2008 in the US and December 2008 in the UK. All the Madagascar sequels will be made in 3-D.