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Noah Baumbach Punching Up Madagascar 3

Deadline just posted an e-mail — full of creative spelling! — that DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg sent around to his staff, updating them on the company's various projects. Among other things, Katezenberg reports, "Met with Mad3 team to review 60pgs of rewrite done by Noah Bombach that are exc!!!" which, decoded, means Dreamworks has hired Noah Baumbach, the writer-director of Squid and the Whale and Greenberg, to rewrite the script for Madagascar 3 — and it's excellent! If the pairing sounds odd, it's actually inspired: Baumbach specializes in neurotic New Yorkers, and that's exactly what Madagascar is about. [Deadline]