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.
Screenwriters Jonathan Aibell and Glenn Berger discuss their ideas on how to bring Chuck Norris to Kung Fu Panda 3
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.
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.
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.