It’s been 20 years since the release of “Shrek,” but it’s not over yet. Great news for fans: The titular green monster and his pals will be featured in more fairy tales to come. In fact, fans have been eagerly anticipating another “Shrek” film for so long that “Shrek 5” is sure to be well-received.
We thought that DreamWorks’ smash successful “Shrek” series had come to an end with “Shrek Forever After” more than a decade ago, but the desire to see more “Shrek” films hasn’t subsided. Although the fifth instalment was announced in 2016, its route to the big screen hasn’t always been straightforward.
Although there are a few high-profile personalities participating. DreamWorks and NBCUniversal hired “Despicable Me” producer Chris Meledandri to handle the project.
Michael McCullers, whose previous work includes the “Austin Powers” flicks and “Boss Baby,” was entrusted with the writing. Is “Shrek 5” still going to be a thing after McCullers finished his job in 2017?
Among the Cast of Shrek 5, Who Can We Expect to See?
It’s safe to assume that Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Donkey in “Shrek 5.” Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas are also set to return to reprise their roles as Shrek and Puss in Boots, as reported by Radio Times.
If Fiona does make a comeback, it’s possible that a different actress will play the role. Retiring in 2014, Cameron Diaz looks to be sticking by her decision. The hope is that she is persuaded to join the old group once again, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.
A new cast of mythological creatures is very certain to join the existing cast in “Shrek 5,” which is known for its rogue’s gallery of figures from the realm of fairytales.
It’s not a “Shrek” movie without the Gingerbread Man, and viewers can count money on Dragon making a cameo owing to her bond with Donkey. Don’t rule out the possibility of certain familiar faces making an appearance in “Shrek 5.”
Plot Twists in the Shrek Series: What’s Up With Shrek 5?
During an interview with IGN in 2004, after the release of Shrek 2, producer Jeffrey Katzenberg said that a five-picture series for Shrek was initially intended and that in Shrek 5, “we will learn how Shrek got to be in that swamp when we meet him in the first film.”
For whatever reason, it seems that Shrek 5 was initially slated for release in 2013, but was changed to a prequel while making Shrek Forever After, and will now be released in 2014.
For years after Shrek 3 and Shrek 4 ended, there were rumours that there would be the fifth picture, but production didn’t begin until Comcast, the parent company of NBC Universal, bought DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion.
It was reported in the fall of 2017 that NBC Universal president Steve Burke had discussed ideas to bring the series and other DreamWorks films back to life.
As of right now, things are looking good. Eddie Murphy even claimed that Austin Powers screenwriter Michael McCullers had already prepared a screenplay for the series, leading to rumours that Shrek 5 may really be a remake.
Shrek 5 and Puss in Boots 2 were both rumoured to be rebooted by Variety in 2018 with the same voice cast, but Chris Meledandri, who created Despicable Me, was in charge of the reboots.
What he meant by saying was “the problem for us has been to create something that genuinely doesn’t seem like yet another film in a succession of sequels,” according to him.
Shrek 5 was supposed to be released in 2019, however, there has been no sign of it after the film’s successful pre-production.
It’s safe to assume that Shrek 5 will be some kind of relaunch, given how sluggish the series had become by the time of Shrek Forever After and the subsequent 10-year break.
It’s not clear how much the reboot will alter from the original, but it’s safe to assume that the legendary voice cast (especially Mike Myers’ Scottish accent) will stay.
Michael McCullers, meanwhile, believes that reinvention is the key.
McCullers told THR that “reinvention was kind of needed for.” This is the fourth film in the series, so the characters are already well-known and well-loved, but you also have to think of a fresh viewpoint at that time.”
When Is Shrek 5 Coming Out?
The Shrek franchise has been silent since its original 2019 release date. As reported by Cinema Blend, Eddie Murphy hinted at a 2020 release date for the long-delayed follow-up, although he did not confirm it.
‘Shrek 5″ may be released on September 30, 2022, with a home media release apparently set for November of that year, according to Fandom.
‘ As a result of the worldwide epidemic, it’s not clear how far into development “Shrek 5” has really gone. It’s possible that the anticipated release date may be rescheduled.
Since the release of “Shrek Ever After” 11 years ago, the “Shrek” release schedule has been thrown off. New “Shrek” movies were released every three years during the height of the franchise’s success, having been released in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. The good news is that the project is still under development and has not been cancelled.