Bob Persichetti is having a pretty good week. The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-director just saw his animated superhero masterpiece pick up the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and now he's signed on to direct Puss in Boots 2.
This isn't new territory for the DreamWorks Animation veteran, as he was the Head of Story on the first Puss in Boots movie, and even voiced a role for the film.
The first Puss in Boots movie was a spin-off of the wildly successful Shrek films and featured Antonio Banderas as the voice of the titular sword fighting cat, with Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thorton, Amy Sedaris, and Zach Galifianakis in supporting roles. The film went on to earn more than $550 million in worldwide box office sales and was nominated for Best Animated Picture during the 2012 Oscars.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has earned close to $360 million in worldwide box-office sales and electrified international audiences with its unique and energetic animation style, which prompted Sony to apply for patent protection for the pioneering animation process used in the film.
This has also been a pretty good week for DreamWorks Animation, which just released How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World to an outstanding $55 million box office haul in its opening week. The latest How to Train Your Dragon film is the first DreamWorks Animation release under its new deal with Universal Studios.
The Puss in Boots sequel does not have a release date attached to it at this time, but the animation will be produced at the DreamWorks Animation Studios in Glendale, California.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse released today via digital platforms, and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 19th.