Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Po Returns

DreamWorks recently announced that Kung Fu Panda 3, which was already in development for quite some time, will be a co-production with the newly established Oriental DreamWorks. The plan is to have it ready by around 2016 or 2017. In addition to that, the third How to Train Your Dragon film is planned for 2016.

Personally, I'm looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 3, despite my initial disapproval of DreamWorks' knack for making more sequels than Pixar or anyone else, though other studios are starting to jump on this bandwagon as well. Fox has another Rio coming in 2014, and they'll probably have another Ice Age film after that. Sony has a Smurfs trilogy planned, plus a Cloudy with a Chance with Meatballs sequel, and so on...

Why would I be excited for this, though? Simple. Kung Fu Panda 2 was surprisingly good and arguably superior to its impressive predecessor, plus the ending was a slight sequel hook. If it's a quality film and it brings in the bucks for the company, then I'm content with that, seeing how it will support the more original projects in the pipeline. With all this expansion (DreamWorks acquiring Classic Media recently), we can only imagine how big their upcoming slate will be...

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