September 15, 2005

DreamWorks plans ‘Madagascar’ sequel

PASADENA, California (Reuters) - DreamWorks Animation said it will make a sequel to its hit computer-animated film "Madagascar" featuring the voices of Ben Stiller and Chris Rock.

In the original, Stiller's Alex the Lion and Rock's Marty the Zebra escape from the New York City zoo and go on a wild adventure to the island of Madagascar.

The movie opened in late May and generated North American ticket sales of about $192 million. The studio's massive 2004 hit, "Shrek 2," raked in $441 million domestically.

"Madagascar" captivated international audiences and took in another $305 million globally.

In a statement on Wednesday, DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg lauded the film's box office success and said it will become the company's second franchise film after "Shrek."

The studio did not disclose any story details of the "Madagascar" sequel, which is expected in theaters in 2008.

DreamWorks also said it will produce a direct-to-video release starring the animated, scene-stealing penguins from "Madagascar" for retailers in 2009.