The 20th anniversary of “Shrek” was commemorated earlier this year, but the trip is far from over. More fairytale adventures starring the titular green monster and his pals are on the way, which is fantastic news for fans.
Indeed, the wait for another “Shrek” film has been so long that “Shrek 5” will definitely be greeted with anticipation. It’s been more than a decade since the last sequel, “Shrek Forever After,” led us to believe that DreamWorks’ popular saga had come to an end, but the desire to see more “Shrek” films has never waned.
The fifth installment was announced in 2016, but it hasn’t had the easiest time getting to the screen.
However, there are some well-known names engaged. DreamWorks and NBCUniversal have hired “Despicable Me” producer Chris Meledandri to handle the project. Michael McCullers, whose prior credits include two “Austin Powers” films and “Boss Baby,” was in charge of the script. As Cinema Blend points out, McCullers finished his project in 2017, so what’s going on with “Shrek 5” in 2021?
Is there a Shrek 5 coming out?
It’s been quiet on the Shrekian front in recent years, despite the fact that it was originally scheduled for a 2019 release. According to Cinema Blend, Eddie Murphy recently stated that the long-awaited sequel could arrive in theatres in 2020, although this was more of a guess than a genuine commitment.
According to Fandom, “Shrek 5” is expected to be released on September 30, 2022, with a home media release in November of that year. The global pandemic likely slowed the film’s development, so it’s unclear how far along “Shrek 5” is today. Don’t be shocked if the expected release date is pushed back.
Given that “Shrek Ever After” was released 11 years ago, the “Shrek” release schedule has been thrown off. New “Shrek” movies were released every three years at the height of the franchise’s popularity, in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively. The good news is that the project has not been abandoned and is still in the works.
What Characters Might We Expect to See in Shrek 5?
Eddie Murphy’s statements essentially confirm that he will reprise his role as Donkey in “Shrek 5.” According to Radio Times, Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas will reprise their roles as Shrek and Puss In Boots, completing the franchise’s primary cast.
Fiona, on the other hand, could be played by a different actor if she returns. Cameron Diaz announced her retirement from acting in 2014, and she appears to be sticking by her decision. Let’s hope she’s persuaded to return for one more hurrah with the old gang, but it doesn’t seem probable.
The “Shrek” films are a rogues gallery of fairytale figures, therefore it’s very likely that some new mythical beings will join the current cast in “Shrek 5.”
Due to her bond with Donkey, viewers may also expect to see Dragon, and it wouldn’t be a “Shrek” film without the Gingerbread Man making an appearance. However, “Shrek 5” will not be a direct sequel, so don’t rule out the possibility of certain previous characters getting a makeover.
What Exactly Is the Plot of Shrek 5?
Despite the fact that the title suggests that the next film will be a sequel, “Shrek 5” is a reboot that pledges to reinvent the wheel. The directors had no desire to return to familiar territory. But it’s unclear how they’ll go about altering things.
In an interview with Variety, Chris Meledandri remarked, “The problem for us has been to find something that truly feels like it’s not merely another film in a succession of sequels.” At the same time, the super-producer isn’t forgetting about the past, stating that he’s still “nostalgic” for the old characterizations and the vocalists that gave them to life.
Mike McCullers, who described the makeover as “quite huge,” shared similar sentiments. The screenwriter also claimed that the story is “personal” to him, but he didn’t offer any details about what to expect.
For the time being, it appears like the creators are keeping the story’s details close to their chests. The ambiguous synopsis suggests that audiences can expect something radically different from “Shrek,” but that the essence of the film will be preserved to some extent.
The Variety story also mentions preparations for a long-awaited sequel to “Puss In Boots,” implying that NBCUniversal sees a bright future for this specific fairytale universe on film.
What About a Sequel to Puss in Boots?
Unlike Shrek 5, the sequel to Puss in Boots has just gained traction. Puss in Boots appears to be firmly in production after reports of a script dating back to 2012, several directors coming and going, and a previous title of Nine Lives & 40 Thieves.
The sequel will now be titled Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, and Joel Crawford, who directed The Croods: A New Age, will direct it. We even have a firm release date(!): Puss in Boots 2 will hit theatres on September 23, 2022.
What Shrek Movies Have Been Released?
The Shrek franchise consists of four films. All four films are available in a boxset, which includes the following titles:
- Shrek is a character in the film Shrek (2001)
- Shrek 2 is a sequel to Shrek (2004)
- The Third Shrek (2007)
- The Final Chapter of Shrek: Forever After (2010)
- We’ll keep you updated as more Shrek 5 news becomes available.
- Shrek 1-4 is available on Netflix.