Puss in Boots, is an upcoming 3D computer-animated adventure film being produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller (who directed Shrek the Thirdin 2007), executive produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Blade II, Pan’s Labyrinth), starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, and written by Tom Wheeler. It is set to be released in theaters November 4, 2011 in Real D 3D and IMAX 3D.
The film is based on and follows the character of Puss in Boots from Shrek and his adventures before his first appearance in 2004’s Shrek 2. The prequel’s story centers on the swashbuckling cat and how he comes to meet Shrek and his friends, while introducing new characters as well.
A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.
- Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, the main protagonist of the film.
- Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws. She is a Tuxedo cat who is Puss’s female counterpart and love interest.
- Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty. Humpty is the mastermind who intends on retrieving the Golden Eggs from the one-of-a-kind Goose.
- Billy Bob Thornton & Amy Sedaris as Jack & Jill, two murderous outlaws and the film’s main antagonists. It is not yet known if they’re brother and sister or husband and wife.
- Walt Dohrn as Narrator.
- Zeus Mendoza as Rancher.
The film has been in development since 2004, when Shrek 2 was released. As a Shrek 2 spin-off, it was originally planned for release in 2008 as a direct-to-videofilm, but this was changed in 2006 in favor of a theatrical release. Production on the film began after the release of 2010’s Shrek Forever After. Banderas said in an interview in early 2010 that he had completed the first recordings of his character. The film is scheduled to be released as a 3-D film. Late in 2010, Guillermo del Toro, director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, had signed on as executive producer.
Except for Puss, the film will feature all new characters. Citing the co-writer, David H. Steinberg, “It doesn’t overlap with Shrek at all. Partly that was done to tell an original Puss story, but partly because we didn’t know what Shrek Forever After was going to do with the characters and we couldn’t write conflicting storylines.” The film was teased in Shrek Forever After when Shrek finally put the book of Shrek away and put it next to a book titled “Puss in Boots”.