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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 07:29 GMT 08:29 UK
Shrek to spawn more sequels
Shrek 2 enjoyed a record breaking opening weekend
Two more sequels to the animated film Shrek are to be made after the success of Shrek 2 exceeded expectations.

Shrek 2, about the adventures of a green ogre, enjoyed the second-biggest US cinema opening ever, taking $108m (60m) over its first weekend.

Dreamworks said the film's success meant the studio would move ahead with plans for a third and fourth.

Talks are underway with the actors who voice the characters including Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy.

Animation debut

Ann Daly, the head of Dreamworks animation, said: "It wasn't really advisable to start working on three and four until we knew that we actually had something in two, and certainly this weekend confirmed that we do."

Ms Daly said Dreamworks was also in final talks with Mike Myers and Diaz who voice Shrek and Princess Fiona.

They also hope to strike a deal with Murphy as the talking Donkey, and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots.

Shrek 2 has also set a new benchmark as the biggest animated debut of all time, topping the $70m (39m) taken by the Disney/Pixar animation Finding Nemo.

It also surpassed the biggest opening film of 2004, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ which took $89.3m (50m) in February.

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