'Shrek' could be resurrected when Comcast acquires DreamWorks Animation

NBCUniversal Chief Says Shrek Franchise Could be Revived

Could more Shrek movies be coming from DreamWorks Animation after it is acquired by Comcast's NBCUniversal? Possibly, based on comments NBCU chief executive Steve Burke made at the Guggenheim TMT Symposium on Tuesday.

NBCU has agreed to pay $3.8 billion for DWA, and Chris Meledandri of Illumination Entertainment, its partner in the Despicable Me film franchise, will get creative control.

"He is creatively going to try to help us figure out how to resurrect Shrek," Burke said of Meledandri on Tuesday.

The original Shrek, starring Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy, debuted in 2001 and earned $484.4 million worldwide. Shrek 2 followed three years later and made $920 million, followed by Shrek the Third in 2007 ($799 million) and Shrek Forever After in 2010 ($753 million).

The Puss in Boots movie also sprang from Shrek, as did TV specials, Shrek the Halls and Scared Shrekless.

The goal of Comcast and NBCU with their impending acquisition of DWA is not only to make kid-friendly movies but also to beef up the presence of that studio's popular characters in theme parks and on store shelves. The acquisition, Burke said, "advances our consumer products agenda by five years."

Eventually, DWA could double its output to four films annually, Burke suggested on Tuesday.

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Check out more from one of the stars of the movie, Cameron Diaz, in the gallery below!

Cameron Diaz through the years
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Cameron Diaz through the years
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 28: Actress Cameron Diaz attends 'The Mask' Beverly Hills Premiere on July 28, 1994 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 9: Actress Cameron Diaz attends the 'Batman Forever' Westwood Premiere on June 9, 1995 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz having beers in a scene from the film 'Feeling Minnesota', 1996. (Photo by Fine Line Features/Getty Images)
Cameron Diaz in a scene from the film 'Head Above Water', 1996. (Photo by New Line Cinema/Getty Images)
Cameron Diaz (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Cameron Diaz during ''My Best Friend's Wedding'' New York City Premiere Party at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 3: Actress Cameron Diaz attends 'A Life Less Ordinary' New York City Premiere on October 3, 1997 at Village East Cinemas in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Cameron Diaz & Matt Dillon at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Cameron Diaz at premiere of 'Very Bad Things,' New York, November 16, 1998. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Benji Madden (L) and Cameron Diaz attend a basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)

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