‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Gets Co-Director

Jennifer Yuh will not be helming the latest installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise by herself. DreamWorks Animation has brought in Alessandro Carloni to co-direct Kung Fu Panda 3 with Yuh, the first woman to direct an animated feature solo at a Hollywood studio when she helmed 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2. Sources tell that Yuh requested Carloni join her as a director on the pic and DWA execs signed off quickly.

In the case of adding Carloni to the film, the studio wanted Panda 3 to finish in a timely manner. DWA 84th Annual Academy Awards - Feature Animation Symposiumagreed with Yuh that strengthening the director’s bench on the film would ensure it was locked in time for a strong promotional campaign to be rolled out. With some misses and below expectation results in recent years, the company has said it wants to bring out one franchise movie annually going forward to play to its strengths. A strategy that a strong Kung Fu Panda 3 is very much a part of. Besides directing KFP2, the Oscar-nominated Yuh was also head of story and director of a sequence in the first film in the franchise.

Source: Deadline

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