DreamWorks Animation has hired screenwriter couple Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario to write a new film with the working title Imaginary Enemies from an idea that originated at an internal DWA retreat a few years ago.

Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell is developing the project with the writers, but he is not on board to direct at the moment.

The germ of the concept was that the imaginary friend trope had been played out in so many ways already that the truly original approach would be the concept of the imaginary enemy. So the new project will be told from the point of view of the imaginary friends who had long been used as scapegoats by unscrupulous children looking for someone else to blame for their misdeeds. Eventually fed up, those imaginary people come looking for some payback when the kids are grown up.

No production date has been set.