Mitchell's on deck for next 'Shrek'

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Just as the big green ogre is about to storm into theaters with "Shrek the Third," Mike Mitchell is in negotiations to direct "Shrek 4" for DreamWorks Animation.

Penned by Tim Sullivan, the fourth installment will chronicle the continuing adventures of Shrek and his buddies, which is based on the children's book "Shrek!" written by William Steig and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Josh Klausner recently penned a rewrite.

DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bill Damaschke, Kristine Belson and Chris Kuser are overseeing for the studio. Producing credits are being worked out.

The "Shrek" series is a massive moneymaker for DWA. The first movie grossed $484.4 million worldwide, while the second one raked in $920.7 million.

Mitchell, whose helming credits include "Sky High" and "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," isn't a stranger to the world of animation. He directed a "SpongeBob SquarePants" episode this year. He also helmed the award-winning short "Herd." He is repped by CAA and attorney Ken Richman.

Klausner, a second-unit director for many Farrelly flicks who turned to writing, is repped by WMA.
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