Monday, September 10, 2012

DreamWorks to Release Twelve Features in Next Four Years

Early still from DreamWorks Animation's Turbo (July 19, 2013)
DreamWorks Animation has revealed an expanded slate of features for the next four years—three per year, twelve in all. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "the most ambitious slate for an animation house in Hollywood history".

With this slate, which includes original projects and sequels such as How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20, 2014) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016), DreamWorks plots its course for its recently inked five-year distribution deal with 20th Century Fox.

Looking at the complete list (/Film has it with synopses), it's classic DreamWorks. Sure, I basically enjoyed Madagascar 3, but I'm not sure I want to see a Penguins of Madagas-car spinoff in 2015, or ever.

Of the non-sequel films, the only one I'm really looking forward to at the moment is the previously-announced Mr. Peabody & Sherman (now scheduled for November 1, 2013).

8 comments:

Nini said...

Three studios, three films. Good. POM film is a horrible idea, series proves that.

Rich T. said...

I'm most looking forward to the Dragon sequels, especially now that the first episodes of the TV series have turned out so well.

Aside from revisiting the Island of Berk, I'm looking forward to seeing some footage from Peabody and Me and My Shadow.

Alexandro Fantino said...

Oh well... It's Dreamworks. That shows just how greedy they are. Ideas like Turbo, Happy Smekday or The Penguins of Madagascar seem over-elaborated, and yet under-elaborated at the same time.

As long as they don't take ideas from Pixar's slate, I'm OK.

Anonymous said...

Turbo seems ridiculous. Crazy concepts like Ratatouille win, but this passed the limit...

Chris Etrata said...

Im surprised no one listed the Mumbai Musical as one of their most anticpated films. This sounds very interesting. Other films that I am excited for are The Croods, Me and My Shadow, Trolls (if done dramatically), and the How to Train Your Dragon and the Kung Fu Panda sequels.

Anonymous said...

Ah I see, the old "throw enough mud at the wall, some will stick" tactic. I don't deny that I have a somewhat gloomy-tinted glasses on when talking about Dreamworks, but this announcement kind of took the biscuit. None of the titles really excite me. Not that they're not potentially entertaining, I'm sure some will be. It just seems soaked with soulless corporate greed. Thing is, it will make the animation markets very saturated over the next few years, which is not good news to other studios.

William Jardine said...

I'm super excited for Dragon 2 and Panda 3! On the original side, can't wait for Me and My Shadow - promises to be very clever and striking; Mr. Peabody and Sherman, as you said, looks great too. Mumbai Musical as well!

No idea why Panda 3's taking so long though...

MTM said...

Ew. Dreamworks. So many sequels and odd concepts.I don't tolerate Dreamworks