Shrek 4, I mean Shrek: Forever After may not have been Oscar material, but the $223 million the film has made, thus far, certainly makes it spin-off material.

Since the latest Shrek installment was purported to also be the Ogre’s last installment, it’s not surprising that a Puss In Boots film is already en route. Now, we’ve got a first, all though painfully generic, first production image to check out.

Attempting to capture the Shrek: Forever After buzz (before Toy Story 3 entirely overshadows it), DreamWorks rolled out the Puss in Boots image – which features the title character, sword-wielding and boots included, as well as a seductive looking she-cat, Kitty… wearing a belt.

Check out the image below:

Obviously the big news here is the inevitable Kitty spin-off – Kitty in a Belt

For those who haven’t been following the Puss in Boots news:

“Puss in Boots – One of the most beloved characters of the Shrek Universe – tells the hilarious and courageous (daring, bold, brave) tale of Puss’ (Antonio Banderas) early adventures as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and the street-savvy Kitty (Salma Hayek) to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.”

The shift to a Puss in Boots story seems like an obvious one for DreamWorks. There’s no doubt that, while the last two Shrek films have done well at the box-office, the franchise was running on fumes. In an even greater sense, Shrek himself was never a particularly intriguing title-character – especially beyond the first film. Shrek’s general lack of likability got stale and he was easily upstaged by more interesting characters, everyone from the Gingerbread Man to Justin Timberlake (I mean Artie), but most often Banderas as Puss in Boots.

With Puss in Boots, DreamWorks has a charming leading man – with enough story potential to bring about his own set of films – if Puss can draw the same box-office magic as Shrek. The success of the Puss in Boots franchise will probably be just as dependent on supporting characters as Shrek, so it’ll be interesting to see how well DreamWorks’ decision to bring in “all new characters” for the Puss outing ends up working. The inclusion of Hayek as Kitty (the most obvious name-choice ever) is par for the course but Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty seems like a great addition.

Does the Puss in Boots image get you at all excited for the spin-off? What would you like to see in the film?

Puss in Boots is scheduled to be released on March 30th, 2012

Source: Collider