According to THR, DreamWorks is developing a spin-off for the blockbuster franchise Madagascar based around it’s penguins. The movie is being written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons who wrote another DreamWorks hit, Megamind. The penguins have already been spun-off on television onto a show called The Penguins of Madagascar. The Nickelodeon series finished last season only second to Sponge Bob in the ratings for the kids cable network.
While this may come as a surprise to many as animated films do not typically get the spin-off treatment like many successful television shows, it probably should not as the two Madagascar movies so far have grossed over $1.1 billion at the global box office combined. What should be more surprising though is that a spin-off is being made while Madagascar 3 is in production. Madagascar 3 is set for release June 8, 2012 with the franchise’s original voice cast.