Eight animated films planned; Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar sequels revealed.
Dreamworks Animation has unveiled its plans to release five feature films every two years - adding an additional film every other year to its existing two picture a year release schedule going forward.
The firm has also taken the wraps off its animation slate through until 2012, including five original films and three sequels based on its existing franchises Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.
How to Train Your Dragon, based on the book of the same name from Cressida Cowell, is due on March 26th 2010; Shrek Forever After will follow on May 21st 2010; and Oobermind (formerly titled Master Mind) is due on November 5th 2010.
Moving into 2011, and Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom is planned for a June 3rd release. This will be followed by The Guardians (working title), based on the forthcoming books by William Joyce, on November 4th 2011.
Puss in Boots (working title) - featuring the popular character from the Shrek movies - will be released on March 30th 2012; and the next chapter in the Madagascar franchise is planned for May 25th 2012.
On November 2nd 2012, Dreamworks is planning to release one of the three original projects currently in pre-production at the studio. The first is The Croods (working title), the second is Truckers (working title) based on The Bromeliad Trilogy by Terry Pratchett and Simon Beaufoy, while the third is an as yet untitled Super Secret Ghost Project.
"We are thrilled with our exciting line-up of feature projects," said Dreamworks Animation COO, Ann Daly. "With so many promising original ideas and new franchise chapters in our pipeline, we believe this is the perfect time to share our theatrical plans for the next few years as we continue to lead the 3D charge and push creative boundaries to bring our stories to life."