EXCLUSIVE: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Wants Chuck Norris!

'Kung Fu Panda 2' screenwriters Jonathan Aibell and Glenn Berger discuss their ideas on how to bring the martial arts legend (and his mustache) into the DreamWorks Animation franchise.
Screenwriters Jonathan Aibell and Glenn Berger discuss their ideas on how to bring Chuck Norris to Kung Fu Panda 3
Screenwriters Jonathan Aibell and Glenn Berger discuss their ideas on how to bring Chuck Norris to Kung Fu Panda 3
I recently had the chance to speak with screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger about their DreamWorks Animation sequel Kung Fu Panda 2, which hits 2D and 3D theaters nationwide on May 26. Since the first Kung Fu Panda was a worldwide success (over $630 million), most believe Kung Fu Panda 2 will be successful as well... which would likely lead into Kung Fu Panda 3. While Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger haven't been asked by DreamWorks Animation to write Kung Fu Panda 3 yet, they did have one suggestion of a new voice actor for the third adventure: Chuck Norris. Take a look at this hilarious excerpt of our interview below.

If you guys do get asked to do a third movie, is there a particular actor or actress you would like to come in as a new voice?

Glenn Berger: I'll say it. We have tried in the past, but I think Chuck Norris needs to be in this. We've got Jean-Claude Van Damme in this one, and that's pretty cool. It would be awesome to have Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris all in a fight together. Hopefully we'll have another chance.

We'll have to start a petition online for that.

Jonathan Aibel: Yeah, that's a great idea.

"Bring Chuck Norris to Kung Fu Panda 3!"

Glenn Berger: What animal would he be? Maybe we just haven't approached him yet with the right animal.

Jonathan Aibel: I'm sure there is some, 'If Kung Fu Panda 3 Doesn't Cast Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris Casts Kung Fu Panda 3' you know, those Chuck Norris jokes.

Glenn Berger: Or Chuck Norris in Kung Fu Panda 3 as legendary unicorn. You have to do a mythical beast to get Chuck Norris.

Oh, yeah. You can't just put him as a crane, or something. You need something with teeth, something big.

Glenn Berger: Yeah, he's another crane. David Cross, the crane, gets punched in the throat and his voice permanently changes to sound a lot like Chuck Norris.

(Laughs) Hatching stories already. That's good.

Jonathan Aibel: Maybe his mustache, though, could just be the legendary kung fu mustache of lore.

Hmmm.

Glenn Berger: All right. Spoiler alert. The plot of the third Kung Fu Panda is Po and the Furious Five have to find who steals Chuck Norris' mustache. They have to go on a quest to recapture it.

(Laughs)

Glenn Berger: You have a scoop now!

Stay tuned for my full interview with screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger about Kung Fu Panda 2 in the very near future.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was released May 26th, 2011 and stars Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Lucy Liu, James Hong, Gary Oldman. The film is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.



Sources: Brian Gallagher

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Comments (67)

  1. Mohamed Otaa

    chuck norris vs jackie chan in kung fu panda 3

    8 months agoby @Mohamed-OtaaFlag

  2. Mohamed Otaa

    grandmaster chuck norris the best big badass he as lone wolf master in kung fu panda 3
    chuck norris lone wolf mcquade
    chuck norris in expendables 2 as lone wolf booker

    9 months agoby @Mohamed-OtaaFlag

  3. Mohamed Otaa

    chuck norris in kung fu panda 3 lone big wolf master and cowboy clothes

    9 months agoby @Mohamed-OtaaFlag

  4. Michael Simpson

    If they can't get Chuck Norris....then Jet Li for sure!!! Jet Li can be the voice of Po's father and Michelle Yeoh as his mother!!!

    2 years agoby @Michael-Simpson-10619258Flag

  5. Michael Simpson

    I would put Tigress on her own personal quest to discover her roots and find inner peace as well...where she finds that her parents clan is a bunch of thugs and murderers. She wants to belong but now has even more inner turmoil with her discovery. She gets captured and Po and the rest of the Furious Five will come to her rescue....totally out numbered of course againt enemies with Tigresses skills and Hardcore Style!!! Now that would be a Kung Fu Panda sequel!!!

    2 years agoby @Michael-Simpson-10619258Flag

  6. Michael Simpson

    Chuck Norris should be Po's father...as PO seeks out the family that he never knew and learns their fighting style!!! Other than that...a panther or as a dragon that appears in spirit form, when he meditates in the cave where Shifu relized his inner peace, as an Ora that advises Po in realizing his full potential as the Dragon Warrior. We all see that Po makes things up at the last minute when he is confronted by dangerous foes, but the Dragon spirit teaches Po focus and decisiveness.

    2 years agoby @Michael-Simpson-10619258Flag

  7. Destiny3000

    I've been writting a story on www.DevaintArt.com and trying to get it made into a film...

    Kung Fu Panda 3: The Path of The Rising Sun

    Story still in progress of being made but here's the story so far:

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    Kung Fu Panda 3: The Path Of The Rising Sun - The Storyline so far:

    It had been 3 months that the Jade Palace legends of the Valley of Peace had seen any action. The Furious Five were themselves Masters in martial arts, and Po had defeated both Tai Lung and Lord Shen so Master Shifu couldn't train him any further... and so had woken up bored stiff and don't know on what to do!

    It was only then that when Po thought of seeing and helping out his dad, that Tigress thought of helping him out too to get rid of her boredom... which then turned to the rest of the Five, and then Master Shifu thought of doing community work as he couldn't teach anybody but children and help Mr. Ping to learn more about Po's background.

    The Furious Five's Monkey, Crane, and Tigress find out at Mr. Ping's Dragon Warrior and Tofu Emporium take Po, and Mr. Ping to Jade to cater for the day's event... But before they try and work out why six wolves have fled here from Japan to China, and so... Master Tigress agrees to help them be letting them stay and train at The Jade Palace. As they talk to them, one wolf explains that peace was about to be intrupted by a new nemesis that eats his victims after invading a place or location to leave shear terror on survivors... an evil, cannibalistic, sadistic black panther from Japan!

    Feeling completely helpless to help, Master Tigress falls into a deep depression. In her despair, she later at the Barracks finds out that Po and her are much alike as they're both orphans, and much out of character, checks up on Po to see if he's alright and cries at the thought of losing Po.

    As Tigress leaves the Barracks, she sees one of the wolves sitting looking up at the sky remembering his dead wife. Master Tigress sits next to him and they got to know each other better.

    Master Tigress, now knowing on what to do, trains the wolves but not before she finds Inner Peace... With help from Po, so she heads up to the Gao Gu Orphanage where she was as an orphan before Shifu took her in to help her find it.

    WARNING:
    It'll get gory and horrifying as the story progresses.

    2 years agoby @Destiny3000Flag

  8. Bridget O'Mara

    Chuck Norris would be the original dragon warrior, which means he'd also be a dragon, as is right.

    2 years agoby @Bridget-OMaraFlag

  9. 2MOVIETRAILER

    I heard that they will make 6 movies at kung-fu-panda-3.com

    2 years agoby @2MOVIETRAILERFlag

  10. Jennie Ferguson

    If they do get Chuck Norris into this movie.. maybe not as a unicorn but maybe a Phoenix or something similar to it.

    2 years agoby @Jennie-FergusonFlag

  11. Douglas Bishop

    My son loves Kung Fu Panda.

    2 years agoby @Douglas-BishopFlag

  12. Douglas Bishop

    I agree that Chuck Norris' character should 1) stand out, 2) nod to Chinese culture and legend, and 3) incorporate that Norris moustache. Also, if the plot is to involve the crossing of any mountains (such as the mountains between the Valley of Peace and the village of the pandas) here's an idea - Chuck Norris could be cast as a kung fu version of the legendary Yeren.

    2 years agoby @Douglas-BishopFlag

  13. Regina Harris

    Ya want Chuck Norris? Only one animal will do - let him play the part of a dragon!

    2 years agoby @Regina-HarrisFlag

  14. Inez1331

    Chuck Norris would be so BA! I think he should play something random like a Rabbit. A red headed, red harry chested rabbit with a bandana over his head all buff out! With scars on him or on his eye. B/c that just how BA Chuck Rabbit Norris is!

    2 years agoby @inez1331Flag

  15. Micah Watkins

    I think he'd fit perfectly as Tigress's dad. Maybe he could be White Tiger or something.

    2 years agoby @Micah-WatkinsFlag

  16. William Kneipple

    him from the commercial

    2 years agoby @William-KneippleFlag

  17. William Kneipple

    he should be like how he was in world of Warcraft but animal version

    2 years agoby @William-KneippleFlag

  18. ChiRep_1

    If Chuck Norris wants to star in a movie, Chuck Norris will cast himself in said movie..

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  19. TheFury

    Yeah, but then think about them doing this throughout the entire film. It'll get repetitive and very boring.

    2 years agoby @TheFuryFlag

  20. slysnide

    Couldn't you just imagine how all those Chuck Norris jokes would mesh perfectly with such a film. Like if he were a legendary figure and Po being the Kung Fu fan would just say things like "I heard that under Chuck Norris' beard there's another fist." You know, things like that. It'd be perfect...except Chuck Norris hates those jokes. idky, for it sounds like it'd be awesome to have such sayings about yourself.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  21. TheFury

    Don't do it chuck.

    2 years agoby @TheFuryFlag

  22. Justice Kowaleski

    i have to agree with the article chuck norris as a unicorn with a fist on his head in stead of a horn and his fighting style is Texas style LOL

    2 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  23. Sam Murnane

    They should put Chuck Norris as a tall,buff wolverine that has awesome facial hair or even a bear or lion!

    2 years agoby @Sam-MurnaneFlag

  24. Kidmovieexpert

    They should get Will Smith to play a lizard named Rex,who is after Tigress because in pre-k she gave him a wedgie in front of the whole school !

    2 years agoby @kidmovieexpertFlag

  25. Maysam Max

    it's easy ....... make him a lion !!!!!!!!!

    3 years agoby @Maysam-MaxFlag

  26. Xybernetic

    Great!...but casting Chuck will make the film like 5 or 10 secs long.

    3 years agoby @xyberneticFlag

  27. Thilda

    A new character is going well, but no one can replace the Jack Black as Po!! NEVER!

    3 years agoby @thildaFlag

  28. Sabreen Daas

    chuck norris should be a fire breathing dragon!!

    3 years agoby @Sabreen-DaasFlag

  29. David Mccaig

    When the CIA found Bin Laden he was already dead... Chuck Norris got there first

    3 years agoby @David-MccaigFlag