DreamWorks to open attraction inspired by the series of hit animations about the green ogre, with a fifth film also mooted
Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation will partner with the company behind the London Eye ferris wheel for a Shrek-themed attraction on the capital's South Bank.
Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure will be one of six similar sites across the globe. The attraction is due to open in summer 2015 and will celebrate the four-film animated fantasy saga about a grumpy green ogre that has so far taken more than $3.5bn at the worldwide box office, as well as other films from DreamWorks Animation.
"The 20,000-square-foot experience will be based on a brand-new adventure being written by the DreamWorks team," said the studio and partner Merlin in a statement. "It will feature a Shrek interactive walk-through adventure, a character courtyard where visitors will be able to meet Shrek and his swamp friends, along with characters from Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon."
The attraction will be installed at County Hall, near the London Eye, the London Sea Life Aquarium and the London Dungeon, all of which are owned by Merlin. The theme park operator is the largest company of its kind in Europe.
"We're excited to work with Merlin to build something that we think is going to be a singularly unique way to experience Shrek and his world," said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. "This attraction is going to be unlike anything that currently exists and will undoubtedly become a new type of destination for families."
The London Shrek attraction will be the first to open, with a further five sites set to be built between now and 2023.
In a separate interview with the US Fox Business Network, Katzenberg said a fifth Shrek movie was also likely to hit the big screen in the future. "We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest," he said. "But I think you can be confident that we'll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We're not finished, and more importantly, neither is he."
The most recent Shrek film, Shrek Forever After, took $752m globally in 2010 despite lukewarm reviews.
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