Kung Fu Panda 4 is an upcoming animated martial arts comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the fourth installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and the sequel to Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016). The film is directed by Mike Mitchell, co-directed by Stephanie Ma Stine (in her feature directorial debut), and written by Darren Lemke and the writing team of Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. It features Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, and Ian McShane reprising their roles from the previous films, with Awkwafina, Ke Huy Quan, Ronny Chieng, Lori Tan Chinn, and Viola Davis joining the cast as new characters. In the film, Po (Black), who must find and train his successor as the new Dragon Warrior, teams up with a fox bandit named Zhen (Awkwafina) to defeat evil sorceress “The Chameleon” (Davis).

On December 3, 2010, then-DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said that there was a possibility the series could have three more sequels after Kung Fu Panda 3, bringing it to a six-film series. On January 13, 2016, Collider asked the filmmakers of Kung Fu Panda 3 about the possibility of a fourth film. Co-director Jennifer Yuh Nelson stated, “It’s one at a time. We want to make this a perfect jewel, and then we’ll see what happens after that”. Co-director Alessandro Carloni said, “With the sequels, we don’t want to try to have them feel open-ended. We want it to feel like a completed journey, and we feel this movie does. And then, if a fantastic story presents itself, great”. On August 2, 2018, when asked about the possibility of Kung Fu Panda 4, Nelson replied that she always saw the series as a trilogy, but was open for a fourth installment as long the franchise focused on Po.

In May 2023, it was reported that Awkwafina had joined the voice cast of the film. In December 2023, it was announced that Ke Huy Quan and Viola Davis would join the cast, with the latter playing the villain of the film, The Chameleon. Lori Tan Chinn and Ronny Chieng were also announced as new cast members, with Ian McShane, Bryan Cranston, James Hong, and Dustin Hoffman reprising their roles from the previous films.
Kung Fu Panda 4 is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 8, 2024.

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  1. kelvin March 20, 2024

    interesting content, thanks for sharing