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‘Kung Fu Panda’ bears 3-D sequel

Black, Jolie to reprise voice roles for follow-up

DreamWorks Animation is moving forward with a “Kung Fu Panda” sequel, slotted for release on June 3, 2011.

Jack Black and Angelina Jolie have signed on to reprise their voice roles in the pic, which will be helmed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, head of story on “Kung Fu Panda.”

DWA also plans on releasing the film in Imax theaters worldwide. Like all DreamWorks Animation feature films beginning in 2009, “Kung Fu Panda 2” will be produced in stereoscopic 3-D technology.

Follow-up is no surprise given that DWA chief exec Jeffrey Katzenberg told analysts at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York last month that he was optimistic about making a “Panda” sequel.

“Kung Fu Panda,” which was distributed by Paramount Pictures, has earned more than $626 million worldwide, making it DreamWorks Animation’s most successful nonsequel film ever.

Par, which has a distribution pact with DWA through 2012, will release “Kung Fu Panda 2.”

Sequel centers on Po, the world’s biggest kung fu fan, as he continues his journey as the chosen one who fulfills an ancient prophecy while mastering the art of kung fu.

Melissa Cobb is producing. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote and co-produced the original film, will also return.

“Kung Fu Panda” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 9 alongside an original companion story, “Secrets of the Furious Five.”

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