DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will unveil the studio’s film slate through late 2012 later today at an investment community conference. The slate includes five original projects and several franchise follow-ups. All the films will be produced in 3-D. Also to be announced is the casting of Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey in Oobermind.
For 2010, the studio has set the afforementioned original project Oobermind (November 5, 2010), as well as How to Train Your Dragon (March 26, 2010). The fourth installment in the Shrek franchise (now called Shrek Forever After) has also been set for a 2010 release (May 21, 2010).
Meanwhile on June 3, 2011 the studio has set the sequel Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom with both Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman confirmed to be returning. Then on November 4, 2011 The Guardians, based on a not-yet-published book series from William Joyoce, will hit theaters.
The rest of the schedule follows after the jump.
In 2010, the studio will release a prequel of sorts in Puss in Boots, based on the popular Shrek character voiced by Antonio Banderas. The studio has confirmed that Banderas will return, and that Salma Hayek has been hired to voice the lover interest Kitty. Puss in Boots is scheduled for release on March 30, 2012.
Two months later on May 27, 2012, a sequel to the hit Madagascar franchise will be released in theaters.
Then in late November, the studio will release another film to be chosen from a trio of projects currently in development:
The first option, caveman comedy “The Croods,” from directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, was once intended to be an Aardman collaboration. It’s produced by Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell. Another, “Truckers,” is derived from Terry Pratchett’s “The Bromeliad Trilogy,” with Simon Beaufoy adapting a story of miniature creatures stuck living in a department store.
Damaschke also cited a third option, tentatively titled “Super Secret Ghost Project,” that asks what ghosts think about humans.
All three projects are currently under way in some form, with the decision on which one lands the late-2012 slot to be determined down the road.