"Kung Fu Panda" sequel set for 2011

Thu Oct 2, 2008 2:34am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Panda-ing to fans, DreamWorks Animation has officially confirmed that a sequel to its animated hit "Kung Fu Panda" is in the works and has set a release date of June 3, 2011.

The film, which will reunite Jack Black, as kung fu fan Po, Angelina Jolie and other members of the original voice cast, will be released in 3-D -- the new standard for all DreamWorks Animation movies starting next year -- on regular and Imax screens worldwide.

The 2011 date means that "Panda" will be sharing the summer box-office schedule with Disney/Pixar's "Cars 2," which Disney moved last week from a 2012 release to summer 2011.

The original "Panda," which grossed more than $626 million worldwide, is DreamWorks Animation's most successful nonsequel. It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray November 9.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>U.S. actor Jack Black poses during a photocall to promote his animated film "Kung Fu Panda" in Madrid June 24, 2008. REUTERS/Susana Vera</p>