Shrek Was Originally A Spielberg Film
Only one year after the book was released, Spielberg snatched up the rights for a filmed version. Spielberg planned to make a traditionally animated version of the book, with a look similar to the animated films of the early 1990’s like The Lion King.
Despite his quick thinking, the famous director didn’t take much action with the script at first. He was a little busy with other major blockbuster projects like Hook, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List. Can you imagine adding in Shrek to that already-packed schedule?