When DreamWorks Animation updated their 2009-2012 line-up a couple weeks back, it was revealed that the Puss in Boots spin-off movie would be an origin story. The official synopsis reads:
We didn’t expect Shrek, Fiona or Donkey to appear (after all — it’s an origin story, before they met), but screenwriter David H Steinberg confirms to Moviehole that the film will not feature any returning characters from the previous Shrek films at all, with the exception of Puss, of course!
So at the end of the day, the spin-off might turn out to be more original than first expected. Dreamworks has decided not to rely on franchise cameos, as not to hurt the Shrek sequels currently in production. Now if only the Katzenberg-directed aniamtion studio would forego the cheesy pop culture references for a story that is worth more than a few pennies. Directed by Shrek the Third helmer Chris Smith, Puss in Boots is scheduled to hit theaters on March 20th 2012.