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"Shrek" And "Puss In Boots" Are Getting Rebooted But Not Everyone Is Happy

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When you think about some of the most popular movie plot lines, it's typically the most eccentric narratives that catapult it into success.

For instance, the idea of an ogre and his donkey sidekick rescuing a kidnapped princess sounds unusual at first, but when the creators of Shrek added an outstanding voice cast, incredible animation and a memorable soundtrack, it really made the story come to life.

With a handful of spin-offs, short-films, and television specials, it's safe to say we may need a break from the beloved characters on our TV screen.

But, not everyone thinks so.

It's been less than 10 years since the last Shrek and Puss in Boots movies were released, but that isn't stopping Hollywood's head honchos from putting a reboot in motion.

Shrek
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The Reboot

Although details are limited, Variety reports the revivals will be overseen by Illumination Animation CEO and Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri.

Universal Pictures has asked Meledandri to revamp the franchise by creating new story lines for the lovable ogre and the smooth-talking feline that would appeal to Generation Z.

Shrek, Puss in Boots, and Donkey
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Speaking to the publication, Meledandri said that he has no plans on replacing the original voice cast, which included Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas.

"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," Meledandri said.

"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."

Shrek and his family
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"There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world."

Meledandri is optimistic about revamping the films, and said he hopes to create a remake that stays true to the characters, while still being authentic in its own right.

Shrek and Donkey
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"There’s a tremendous amount of fun to be had in that world, but it’s a high bar to find a story that’s truly world," he said. "You want to find something in the narrative that really feels like a departure."

Although it's unclear whether or not the new films will erase the plot lines in the original franchise, social media users already have plenty of opinions on the reboot.

Plenty of people balked at the news.

Of course, there are a handful of outliers who think a revival is a great idea.

But, there were also other Twitter users who don't understand what all the hoopla is about.

Whether production stays true to the original or has a complete overhaul, our fingers are crossed they don't tarnish the iconic franchise!

[H/T: Variety]

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