DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffery Katzenberg recently gave an interview with Empire in which he talked in depth about the studio's upcoming animated sequels. There are several sequels in the works right now for DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon franchises, and he revealed how many sequels we are going to see from each one.
Madagascar 3 is set to come out on May 18th 2012, and it will likely be followed by a fourth Madagascar film that will end the series, Katzenberg explained. The third film is said to leave open a conclusion to the series, "Ultimately they will come back to New York, and they will come to terms with that, which they will do in this next chapter. Because of the way that movie concludes there’s probably one more for them…"
Kung Fu Panda 2 is scheduled to be released on May 27th 2011 and it was revealed that there are plans for four more sequels after part 2, giving the franchise six chapters to the Kung Fu Panda story. They are going to soak this franchise for all it's worth! I'm sure it will get old really fast.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 has an unscheduled release planned for 2013 and will be followed by at least one more film. Though Katzenberg says there are "at least three: maybe more, but we know there are a least three chapters to that story. There are actually 8 books." So I guess there could end up being at least eight films based on Cressida Cowell's books, but as of right now they haven't planned past three movies.
I was never a big fan of the Madagascar movies, but I loved both Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. I really hope they can keep a level head when making these films so they don't lose the genuine soul that the first films had.
What are your thoughts on all these sequels?