Noah Baumbach, the writer-director of The Squid and the Whale and Greenberg, appears to be doing rewrites on DreamWorks Animation’s third Madagascar film. A little surprising, perhaps, but it is worth remembering The Station Agent‘s Tom McCarthy was a writer on Pixar’s Up and that Little Miss Sunshine’s Michael Arndt scripted Toy Story 3. Most amazingly, DreamWorks emloyed Charlie Kaufman to do some rewriting on Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom.
Over at Deadline, there’s what would appear to be an e-mail from Jeffrey Katzenberg to the the entire DreamWorks Animation staff in which he gives a kind of “state of the nation” address in a typo-stricken flurry of deceptively lax literacy. Here’s a sample that includes the Baumbach comment:
Went over to employee appreciation lunch for Facilities group. What a fantastic job they’ve done over the last 18 months. New building. Remodeled buildings and commissary. The campus has never looked more beautiful. 3 Cheers to them!!!
Met with Turbo team to discuss latest script which is very big step forward and is very promising project. Met with Mad3 team to review 60pgs of rewrite done by Noah Bombach that are exc!!! Met with Dragons2 team and Dean pitched out next chapter…. very smart /interesting /ambitious.
It… is… real… isn’t it? I think it is.
So, even though he passed Mr. Popper’s Penguins down to Mark Waters, it seems that Baumbach is getting to play with some animated ice-waddlers after all. We’ll pass this off as a coincidence, but one more penguin film from him and I’m crying fetish.
The Dean mentioned in that excerpt would be Dean De Blois, co-director of the first How to Train Your Dragon. I don’t think we already knew he was back on board for part two, but I’m certainly happy to hear it. Chris Sanders was his co-pilot on the last film, but he’s now at work on The Croods, a 2012 caveman toon from the studio, and one of their few “coming soon” pictures to not be mentioned in Katzenberg’s missive.
Turbo… I think is a picture about a Dolphin. But I’m going to go do some more research and come back to you on that one.
I’d love to see the next e-mail, to get Jeff’s take on Scott Pilgrim and find out what he and the family had for dinner. Got any more? Send ’em over!