'Kung Fu Panda' sequel on its way

Oct. 2, 2008 at 11:17 AM
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GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A sequel to the animated hit "Kung Fu Panda" is in the works, Hollywood's DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., announced.

The second installment in the computer animation franchise is to open in theaters June 3, 2011.

The company said it also anticipates releasing the film into IMAX theaters worldwide.

Like all DreamWorks Animation feature films, starting in 2009, the new "Kung Fu Panda" flick will be produced in stereoscopic 3D technology.

The sequel will 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."

"We are thrilled to reunite the creative team that made 'Kung Fu Panda' such a global success. Because of their imaginative work, Po's path to heroism proved popular with moviegoers of all ages around the world," DreamWorks Animation's Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.

Bill Damaschke, co-president of production and president of live theatrical, 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."

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