‘Shrek 5’: Everything Fans Currently Know

Shrek 5

Will Shrek 5 ever come out? The project has been in the works for a while. However, there hasn’t been much news on production since the project was announced in 2016. The fourth installment in the franchise premiered in 2010, making it over a decade that fans have been waiting for Shrek 5.

So what’s the reason for the delay and when will it finally hit the big screen? Here’s what we currently know.

Antonio Banderas Weighs in on Shrek 5 Possibility During Puss in Boots Press Tour

December 2022 Update

While doing press for the Shrek spinoff movie, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, star Antonio Banderas, 62, confessed they hasn’t heard anything about Shrek 5. knows nothing about a new ‘Shrek’ movie.

“No, officially, no, no. Nobody has said anything to me,” Banderas said in an interview with Collider. “I was the first one who was surprised when at the end of this movie, we saw this wink of an eye that the studio just threw there, with Far, Far Away.

“And so I don’t know, I don’t know if it’s going to happen. But certainly, if I knew something, I will say it. But no, none officially.” Banderas added.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

2022’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish actually marks the first Puss in Boots film in over a decade. And Banderas had doubts that this film would even get made.

“At some point, yeah. At some point in which I lost contact for maybe a couple of years. But I knew that the studio operated big changes. Because it moved to another studio, actually, to Universal. And at the same time, the pandemic came on, so there was a number of things that were going on at the same time.” Banderas reveals.

“So I got in contact with them eventually, but yeah, there was a period of time of maybe not two years, but a year-and-a-half, something like that, in which I didn’t receive any news,” Banderas continued. “At that point, I thought, ‘Oh well, maybe they’re just rethinking’, because this new panorama that they had in front of them, they are thinking, ‘It’s something completely new.’ They didn’t want to revisit things that they have done in the past, something like that. So yes, at some point, I thought about it, but then here we are.”

Shrek Cast: Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas
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The History of Shrek

It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Shrek first debuted on the big screen. The film initially premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, and at the time it was the first animated film to do so since Disney’s Peter Pan in 1953.

Shrek went on to make over 485 million at the box office, which was enough for DreamWorks to officially greenlight Shrek 2, which followed shortly after in 2002. Shrek 2 was the most successful out of the franchise, bringing in over 920 million at the box office.

Skip ahead a few years and Shrek the Third debuted in 2007, and the most recent film, Shrek Forever After premiered in 2010. It was before the release of the 4th film in the franchise that the studio announced initial plans for Shrek 5. However, those plans were canceled prior to the release of Shrek Forever After.

In 2016, Shrek 5 was officially revived but has since been stalled multiple times with its official start date (and ultimate release date) continuing to be pushed back.

Just recently, in 2020, the United States Library of Congress deemed the original film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” and it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

On May 18, 2021, Shrek celebrated its 20th Anniversary. DreamWorks Animation posted a sweet tweet to Twitter celebrating the news.

Shrek 20th Anniversary

Shrek 5 Is Currently In Development

But let’s get back to Shrek 5! The good news is that the film is currently in development according to IMDB. The film had reportedly been aiming for a 2019 release… and then a 2020 release. But after being pushed back numerous times, a new release date has not yet been set.

We know that the film is still happening. However, the project’s profile on IMDB Pro hasn’t been updated since 2018.

There is No Shrek 5 Release Date Currently

Numerous sites have attempted to predict a Shrek 5 release date. While we wish had something more concrete to share with fans, there is still no release date. There’s not even a estimate right now that would be anything more than a guess.

We’ll keep you posted (and this article updated) as more details surface on the project.

The Script

In 2020, Michael McCullers, the writer behind Boss Baby and Austin Powers, confirmed he had been working on the script and it had been completed. 

“I finished that script which I really, really, really love. “It’s really personal to me. It’s got a pretty big reinvention behind it that I guess I can’t really reveal.” McCullers said in an interview with CinemaBlend.

The Plot

Not much is known about the storyline of Shrek 5. We can assume that it will have roughly the same type of structure as the previous films – complete with new twists as well as easter eggs to engage both new and returning fans of the franchise.

“The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels,” Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination, said in an interview with Variety.

“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome. And while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” Meledandri (who IMDB lists as a writer on the production), continues.

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Potential Shrek 5 Cast

Currently, there is a lot unknown about the film. So it’s difficult to say what the casting will be for this one. However, fans hope for the core cast to return, which would include:

  • Mike Myers as Shrek
  • Eddie Murphy as Donkey
  • Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots

Cameron Diaz announced that she was retiring from acting in 2014. So it’s unclear if she will return to voice Princess Fiona. Or if a new actress will lend her voice to the character.

The Future of Shrek

DreamWorks has said that Shrek 5 will completely reinvent the franchise. They’ve also commented on the large gap between this upcoming film and Shrek 4, saying that it was largely because Shrek Forever After was intended to be the last film in the franchise.

Are you holding out hope for Shrek 5? Are you excited for the next chapter of Shrek? Or a whole new beginning for the franchise? Sound off with your thoughts in our comment section below!

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