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Last Updated: Sunday October 17 2004 16:32 GMT

Movie Shrek to become US musical

Shrek is being made into a musical
Everyone's favourite ogre, Shrek, is swapping the big screen for the stage in a big US musical.

Oscar-winning British director Sam Mendes is in charge of the new musical, which should hit the stage in 2006.

Shrek is one of the most successful animated films of all time and a sequel released earlier this year became the biggest animated film of all time.

Other animated films Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King have been made into hugely successful musicals too.

The director of the musical Jason Moore said it would be a big challenge to take an animated film and turn it into something for the stage.

''But what's so wonderful about Shrek is that anarchic attitude placed in a fairy-tale world that I think will thrive onstage,'' he added.

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