DreamWorks Animation plans Kung Fu Panda sequel in 2011

Mumbai: DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE: DWA) has announced that the sequel to Kung Fu Panda is expected to return to theaters on 3 June, 2011. The Company also anticipates releasing the film into IMAX(R) theatres worldwide. The sequel will be produced in stereoscopic 3D technology.

During its theatrical run, Kung Fu Panda has reached over $626 million in worldwide box office to date, making it one of the most successful films of 2008 and DreamWorks Animation’s most successful original film ever. The sequel will follow Po, the world’s biggest kung fu fan, as he continues his journey as the chosen one who fulfills an ancient prophesy while mastering the art of kung fu.

The sequel will once again star Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and other original cast members and will be directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, head of story on Kung Fu Panda. It will be produced by Melissa Cobb. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote and co-produced the original film, will also be returning.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said, "We are thrilled to reunite the creative team that made Kung Fu Panda such a global success."

Production co-president and Live Theatrical president Bill Damaschke added, The story of Kung Fu Panda provided a great introduction to these characters and afforded wonderful opportunities to further expand on the world we created in ancient China. Quite simply, there’s more story to tell."

Kung Fu Panda will be released on two-disc DVD and Blu-ray on 9 November alongside a brand new companion story, Secrets of the Furious Five.