The series continues at full speed!
Universal Pictures announced on Friday that the fourth installment in the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise will hit theaters in 2024. The movie, scheduled for release on March 8, 2024, will be the first movie in the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise since 2016, when the DreamWorks Animation series completed a planned trilogy. The films focus on Po (Jack Black), an excited panda living in a fantasy version of ancient China.
In the first movie of the series, which was released in theaters in 2008, Po is chosen by a prophesied kung fu master to become the “Dragon Warrior”. Throughout the film and its two sequels, Po trains under the wise Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and overcomes his doubts to become a skilled hero, defeats several dangerous enemies, and is finally reunited with his long-lost birth parent.
The first “Kung Fu Panda” movie became DreamWorks’ highest-grossing original animated feature film, grossing $631 million at the global box office. The films have grossed $1.8 billion in total, spawning a world of three series and several animated TV specials, including “The Dragon Knight,” whose first season premiered on Netflix last month. Beyond its financial successes, the three “Kung Fu Pandas” received generally positive reviews from their critics.
Apart from Black, other actors from the original trilogy included Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and James Hong. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger wrote the screenplays for all three films in the original trilogy, while Melissa Cobb served as executive producer. John Stevenson and Mark Osborne directed the first film, while Jennifer Yuh Nelson directed two sequels, which she co-directed with Alessandro Carloni.