DreamWorks Animation has its costume all picked out for Halloween, with Paramount moving up “Puss in Boots,” the toon studio’s “Shrek” spinoff, from Nov. 4 to Oct. 28.
DWA will have the family market to itself on that date, playing against Sony’s Roland Emmerich offering “Anonymous,” Fox’s “In Time,” FilmDistrict’s “The Rum Diary,” Universal’s “Johnny English Reborn” and Par Vantage’s limited release of “Like Crazy.”
The date change fills a dry spell in the family market (Warner Bros.’ “Dolphin Tale” is the last family pic to launch before “Puss in Boots). And while Halloween typically isn’t a big weekend for family pics, the holiday falls on a Monday this year.
With lead characters voiced by Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris, “Puss in Boots” revolves around the swashbuckling feline off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. Pic is an origins tale of the character that appeared in the “Shrek” series and is being eyed for his own standalone franchise.
Chris Miller helms from a script by Tom Wheeler, based on a story by Wheeler, Brian Lynch and Will Davies. Andrew Adamson and Guillermo del Toro exec produced with Joe M. Aguilar and Latifa Ouaou producing.
“Puss in Boots” will be Par’s third release in as many weeks, following “Footloose” on Oct. 14 and “Paranormal Activity 3” on Oct. 21.