Dreamworks Animation seems to be going on through a development extravaganza. After the success of Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon it seems that the studio has finally found a unique style that is almost free of the pop-culture references that plagued its earlier films. Furthermore, unlike Pixar who has stayed at a one-movie-a-year pace Dreamworks has been tackling two (soon to be three) projects a year. Despite the fact that the releases for this year, Kung Fu Panda 2 and the Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots, as well as the ones for 2012 and 2013 are already set the studio has announced seveal films in development that are set for future releases.
The studio has paired up with Gillermo del Toro to produce Alma and Trollhunters. The latter is based of a book del Toro has been working on and is yet to be published. Del Toro says "I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary". So it seems it won't be much different from the work he's done in the past.
Dreamworks has also recruited A.R. Rahman, composer of the music found in Slumdog Millionaire and Stephen Schwartz, who is best known for his Broadway work but also worked with the studio in their first feature The Prince of Egypt, to produce a Bollywood style animated musical. Currently the project is under the title Monkeys of Bollywood.
Their latest announcement has been an adaptation of Marty Krofft’s trippy ‘70s series Lidsville. All which are slated to be released sometime after 2013. Because they are still in the development stage not every project here is 100% guaranteed to fall into production. Still these are exciting times for the studio and I know I am looking forward to see a few of these on screen.