A little over a week ago, we caught up with Trolls directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell. Dohrn and Mitchell are veterans of the world of Dreamworks Animation and have worked on many of their projects. While most of our chat revolved around Trolls, which is released across the Uk this coming weekend, talk soon turned to their future projects.
We spoke of the planned Shrek 5, which looks like it is well on the way at the studio (now part of the Universal family) with a story being worked on by a pretty big name in comedy and animated movies generally.
On Shrek 5 Mike Mitchell commented: “They’ve got a pretty good story. It’s being written by Michael McCullers who wrote all of the Austin Powers films. He came up with a really great idea that they’re exploring.”
Walt Dohrn added: “There’s more story to tell there and we’re ready to help tell it for sure.”
It wasn’t specifically clear as to whether McCullers is just working on the story or the full script.
Michael McCullers is from the Saturday Night Live stable and has written the likes of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers In Goldmember, Undercover Brother and the 2004 movie version of Thunderbirds. He is also writing the forthcoming Hotel Transylvania 3 and penned the 2015 animated feature Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
We then asked if Mitchell and Dohrn were both involved in Shrek 5.
“Not yet,” said Dorn. “But we wanna be, we’d love that.”
“Who knows?” Mitchell added before confirming news of a sequel to one of his other movies, the 2005 adventure comedy Sky High which starred Kurt Russell. “It’s between that and we’re working on a sequel to Sky High. We’ll see how that goes.”
Sky High was set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, where young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston), tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.
Exciting news. You can watch the video of the interview below.