Adamson Not Directing Shrek 3

September 28, 2004 – After the mega-successful Shrek 1 and 2, New Zealand-born director Andrew Adamson had planned to take it easy and move on to a smaller project. That was until the offer came down the pipeline from Disney to helm the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ legendary Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a book and a series very close to the director’s heart.

Now fully steeped in the daunting task of bringing Lewis’ project to life, Adamson spoke with IGN FilmForce from the breathtaking set of Narnia. IGNFF was one of a select few given an in-depth look into the Narnia production, which we will be reporting on with some great in-depth coverage in the coming months.

While chatting with the director, Adamson mentioned that, with Shrek 3 a go, he has decided to step aside, at least as director, on the next part in the series. “Shrek 3 is in the making, but I won’t be directing it,” Adamson says. “No, I can’t. They’re actually working on the story right now. I’m staying involved, but I can’t do that and this.”

The search now begins for a new director to take the helm on the continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite not-so-jolly green ogre. We’ll keep you posted as more news comes through the pipeline on Shrek 3.

Keep tuned to IGNFF for our full coverage from the set of Narnia, including interviews with the cast and crew, exclusive concept art, photos and set reports.

This story was originally published at IGN FilmForce