Just so you know, as reported on Wikipedia, Kung Fu Panda was able to haul in a gross worldwide revenue of $239,085,029.00! That’s close to double of the budget that they spent on the making of the flick ($130 million)! And get this: According to PerthNow, DreamWorks boss, Jeffrey Katzenberg says that with the success of the animated film, a franchise of about five to six sequels is prepared, depending on the general outcome of the film.
On the other hand, Steve Hulett of The Animation Guild (TAG) blog reported that a story crew at DreamWorks has started work on Kung Fu Panda, The Sequel. Man! Am I rejoicing! Here’s an excerpt from the blog:
Every building of the DW campus is bursting with activity. Monsters and Aliens, Shrek, Madagascar Deux, and on and on. DreamWorks’ Lakeside Building is getting enlarged, and the administrative staff is gone from the upper floors.
But down on the lower levels, artists are working. A story crew has started early work in Kung Fu Panda, the Sequel, even while animators are hand-drawing new material for the DVD of Kung Fu Panda, the original.
Hmmm… I’m thinking… five sequels about each of the members of the Furious Five, or a sequel with Po and the Furious Five fighting a huge army (the Huns, maybe?) of those who plan on invading China, or the story behind Tai Lung… whatever! I just hope it lives up to the original Kung Fu Panda. I’ll be waiting…