It seems that we won't be seeing any of an animated cat's old friends in a new spin-off film. Moviehole caught up with Puss in Boots screenwriter David H. Steinberg who revealed that none of the characters from the Shrek films will appear in the spin-off.

"No, all new characters - except Puss", said Steinberg. "It doesn't overlap with Shrek at all. Partly that was done to tell an original Puss story, but partly because we didn't know what Shrek Forever After (and now Shrek 5) were going to do with the characters and we couldn't write conflicting storylines."

The writer also revealed the project was now set for a 2012 release date.