DreamWorks: 10 Exciting Upcoming Projects To Look Out For After The Bad Guys (2024)

The Bad Guyshas signified yet another successful release from DreamWorks who appear to be firing on all cylinders when it comes to producing both animated films and TV shows that are really delivering for audiences. Their slate over the next few years features plentyof exciting projects that are still being kept under wraps.

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While some of these upcoming releases have confirmed dates and are based on pre-existing properties, others are totally original ideas or perhaps, at the very least, inspired adaptations of children's books. No matter the source of their storytelling, these concepts are definitely worth watching out for, amongst DreamWorks' huge release schedule.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

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ThePuss In Bootsfranchise has had a life of its own since the character first appeared in theShreksaga. With his own spin-off movieand a range of shows on Netflix, the heroic cat is about to lace up those famous shoes one more time on the big screen inPuss In Boots: The Last Wish.

With a trailer already released showcasing the revised animation style of the series,The Last Wishlooks to be a fantastical spectacle starring Puss alongside his feline friends. With eight lives now behind him, how will the titular character use his one remaining life while not allowing it to hold him back from his adventures? It's directed byJoel Crawford and Januel Mercado, written byPaul Fisher, and stars the likes of AntonioBanderas, Salma Hayek, Florence Pugh, and Olivia Colman.

The Boss Baby: Back In The Crib (2022)

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The Boss Babyis perhaps one of DreamWorks' most underrated animated features despite the success it achieved. Although another sequel appears to be in the works afterFamily Business,Back In The Cribis a bit of a change of pace for the franchise, considering it's a TV show.

The show is just hitting Netflix and there's sure to be more in store from this family-friendly adventure. With Ted framed for a corporate crime, the brothers go back to their younger years to try and clear his name. It's a ridiculous premise that DreamWorks has brought to life with its fantastic animation; even if the original cast have not returned for the series.

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight (2022)

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TheKung Fu Pandasaga is one of DreamWorks' most beloved series to date, featuring plenty of films and TV shows for fans to get stuck into. Audiences will be delighted to hear therefore that Po and the rest of the gang will be returning to screens in the seriesThe Dragon Knight.

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Featuring a brand new antagonist to contend with and an updated visual style, the story sees Po tracking down a range of powerful weapons before his enemy collects them first. The adventure will see new heroes join the kung fu master, with Jack Black returning to voice the dumpling-loving panda.

Trolls 3 (2023)

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TheTrollsseries has demonstrated how much can be achieved with the simple inspiration of a beloved toy. DreamWorks is very much in the business of sequels and thus it's not surprising thatTrolls 3is currently in development, with an eye on releasing next year.

Very little is currently known about the project as it will likely still be in the middle of production. Universal Pictures and indeed the entertainment industry, in general, was impressed by the performance ofTrolls World Tourand the sequel will look to follow that formula, expanding this vibrant universe further. The secrecy surrounding the details of the project should soon unravel!

Mice And Mystics (TBD)

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Jerry Hawthorne created the role-playing board gameMice And Mystics,which could on the surface be compared toDungeons And Dragonsbut instead is so much more original than might first be thought.Building up a cult following, the lore of this fictional universe has been developed with incredible detail and now DreamWorks is looking to bring that to the big screen.

From the designs of the characters to the way in which their world operates, there's a lot to love about this game. Reportedly,Alexandre Aja is attached to direct and co-write the script, alongsideDavid Leslie Johnson. The producing team includesRoy Lee andJon Berg who are linked to Vertigo Entertainment.

Dog Man (TBD)

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Kids' comic books are always going to be a brilliant source for storytelling in the realms of animation, as the stunning visuals seen on the page could provide ample inspiration for what would be produced on-screen. That's perhaps what DreamWorks is hoping for, relying on the built-up following ofDav Pilkey'sDog Manfor one of their latest features.

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Pilkey's name may seem familiar, as DreamWorks previously acquired the rights to produce his creation,Captain Underpants.Peter Hastings is already attached to direct the feature, which will be the first time he steps into the role on a major project. He has plenty of producing and writing experience within the walls of DreamWorks though!

Megamind’s Guide To Defending Your City (TBD)

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Megamindis one of the few superhero movies out there that criminally does not have a sequel. It's hilarious, charming, and full of genuine heart. Luckily for fans of the movie, there will be a TV show dedicated to the escapades of the blue-headed former villain.

Megamind's Guide To Defending Your Cityis in productionfor Peaco*ckbut the format of the show is currently unclear.Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, who worked on the original movie, will be part of the producing team alongsideEric Fogel andJD Ryznar. It's not currently known whether the cast will return but Megamind is described as a new superhero influencer.

Abominable And The Invisible City (TBD)

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Megamindwon't be the only popular DreamWorks film getting a show over on Peaco*ck.Abominable,which was actually produced in conjunction withPearl Studio and based upon a yeti-style creature, will be gifted its own ongoing series titledThe Invisible City.

While once again casting returns are currently unknown and the role of this mysterious titular city remains a mystery, some of the production team have been confirmed. Amongst the producers for the series areJim Schumann andKatherine Nolfi, withTiffany Lo andEthel Lung working as story editors.

Ronan Boyle And The Bridge Of Riddles (TBD)

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A gorgeously deep children's book with great illustrations and a stunning world to explore, the first of writer Thomas Lennon and artist John Hendrix's collaborations within the Ronan Boyle universe comes in the form ofThe Bridge Of Riddles.It's a brilliant read and the start of a much larger series.

DreamWorks is eyeing up this Irish, magical comedy and has acquired the rights to produce a film based upon it. With a visual style already in place to copy and the script being worked on by New York Times Best Seller Lennon himself, this should be a surefire success. The piece is being directed byFergal Reilly.

A New Shrek Project (TBD)

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Rumors have circulated for years about the status of DreamWorks' most famous property, Shrek. While a reboot was reported for a while, a sequel also appeared to be on the cards, featuring the exact same cast. Regardless of the direction, anotherShrekproject is definitely heading towards the big screen.

Right now fans will have to just wait for any official announcements regarding the status of this potential epic. PerhapsDreamWorksis awaiting the release of sister filmPuss In Boots: The Last Wish,before penciling a release date and some early details. Regardless, the franchise itself is just too huge to allow it to finish.

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