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The 'Madagascar' Penguins To Get Their Own Spin-Off Movie

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 29, 2011 at 7:50AM

DreamWorks Animation recently announced their slate of films through 2014 and it was a pretty balanced blend of sequels/spinoffs and original content. Simply put, established franchises pay the bills while original content are things that the studio hopes catches on in a big enough way so it can be turned into a franchise. We're living in a spinoff world these days so it's no surprise that another film is being added to the DreamWorks slate and yep, it features characters you've seen before.
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DreamWorks Animation recently announced their slate of films through 2014 and it was a pretty balanced blend of sequels/spinoffs and original content. Simply put, established franchises pay the bills while original content are things that the studio hopes catches on in a big enough way so it can be turned into a franchise. We're living in a spinoff world these days so it's no surprise that another film is being added to the DreamWorks slate and yep, it features characters you've seen before.

THR reports that the penguins featured in the "Madagascar" films -- Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico -- will now get their own feature-length movie in which to play around. Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons who penned "Megamind" will tackle the story and script.

The penguins have long been popular side players in the "Madagascar" films and their popularity helped spawn short spinoffs like "The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper" featured on the "Madagascar" BluRay, and they also have their own, hugely popular Nickelodeon show, "The Penguins of Madagascar." So the audience is already built in and waiting for a film (one that will certainly be printing press of money for DreamWorks).

The film is in early stages -- no director is attached just yet -- but we imagine this will land sometime after "Madagascar 3" hits theaters on June 8, 2012.

This article is related to: Film Studios, DreamWorks Animation