'Kung Fu Panda' sequel being discussed

Katzenberg says decision will come in next two months

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said Wednesday that the studio was in talks to make a sequel to boxoffice hit "Kung Fu Panda" and could make an announcement within two months.

"We've started conversations about it, and I think in the next 30 or 60 days, we'll be able to talk completely about that," Katzenberg told Reuters, when asked about a follow-up to a film that has raked in $560 million in global ticket sales.

Set in China, "Kung Fu Panda" follows the journey of a clumsy-yet-lovable Panda named Po, voiced by Jack Black, in his efforts to become a kung fu warrior.

Katzenberg was speaking to reporters at a screening for portions of the studio's upcoming animated film "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," set for a Nov. 7 U.S. release.

The original "Madagascar" in 2005, which tells of animals on the loose from New York's Central Zoo, had been DreamWorks Animation's biggest hit for a non-sequel movie with $530 million in global ticket sales until being passed by "Panda" in recent weeks.

A "Panda" sequel will likely come as good news to DWA investors who saw shares in the studio slump in late July after the company warned of higher international marketing costs.

The company's stock had traded above $30 a share in July before slipping to about $28 when the company warned on July 30. Since then, the shares have reclaimed ground and were at $30.44, off 40 cents, or 1.3%, in late Wednesday trade.
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