Stem, Weiss get a ‘Shrek’ of a deal

Unclear how deal affects first pic's co-writers/co-producers

DreamWorks Pictures’ follow-up to “Shrek” has a new set of storytellers in David Stem and David Weiss. Duo’s most recent credits include animated pics “The Rugrats Movie” and “Rugrats in Paris” and Jonathan Frakes’ upcoming live-action pic “Clockstoppers” for Paramount.

“Shrek,” like its ogre protag, has become a monster at the B.O., raking in more than $440 million worldwide.

Asked about the stress that accompanies such high expectations, Weiss responded: “I have spent a fair amount of time curled up under my desk feeling paralyzed, but you can’t think about that, or else you have to fill your office with toilet paper.”

Added Weiss: “The process is actually very similar (to the live-action ‘Clockstoppers’), except that now, we talk to storyboard artists, we take their ideas and gags, and then take all the credit for them.”

It’s unclear how this pact will affect Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who wrote and co-produced the first pic and had inked a deal last spring (Daily Variety, May 31) to pen the sequel.

Stem and Weiss are repped by UTA and managed by Marathon Entertainment.

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