More Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon Sequels Coming?
We're already aware the DreamWorks Animation has sequels on the way for Kung Fu Panda (check out the teaser trailer here) and How to Train Your Dragon, but apparently there's plans beyond the next installments for even more adventures. Empire recently sat down with DWA's Jeffrey Katzenberg who talked about plans for several sequels for each franchise and even a fourth installment of Madagascar (the third will hit in 2012). In short, Katzenberg mentioned plans for six chapters of Kung Fu Panda, three chapters for How to Train Your Dragon, and four total films for Madagascar. Find out what he had to say about each of the franchises below.
As for the next installment of Madagascar (the franchise that doesn't really have any of my interest), Katzenberg says that the third film will see, "[the animals] come back to New York, and they will come to terms with that, which they will do in this next chapter. Because of the way that movie concludes there's probably one more for them." Not exactly a solid guarantee, but it sounds like he knows exactly there the story is going. As for Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, here's what Katzenberg had to say:
"'Kung Fu Panda' actually has six chapters to it, and we’ve mapped that out over the years. 'How to Train Your Dragon' is at least three, maybe more, but we know there are a least three chapters to that story. There are actually 8 books. [They're different form the film] but there are elements of them that actually… as you know, there are many islands in the world of Berk, and different things there, so we’ll see. But right now, today, we know that there are three for sure that we want to tell and there may be more. We haven’t thought, you know, how do we continue beyond that."
With so much source material for How to Train Your Dragon in Cressida Cowell's books it's not surprising that even more sequels are planned, but the fact that there are six more stories for Kung Fu Panda envisioned seems a bit over-the-top. This could always change since I'm pretty sure I recall DWA saying they had a story planned for five Shrek films, but ultimately decided to call it quits after the fourth (which is good, because they started losing their flare after Shrek the Third). Since Kung Fu Panda is an original property it's a little harder to crack, but I can definitely imagine at least one trilogy coming together. However, having a second trilogy seems a bit excessive. Of course, Disney doesn't have a problem taking on the challenge with their new trilogy for Pirates of the Caribbean, so we'll see what happens. What do you guys think?