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Shrek 5

General information
Title

Shrek 5

Length

English

Release Date

TBA

Release on DVD

TBA

Genre

Fantasy/Comedy

Production information
Directed by

Conard Vernon

Produced by

Chris Meledandri

Starring

Mike Myers
Eddie Murphy
Antonio Banderas

Preceded by: Succeeded by:
Shrek Forever After Shrek 5 Unknown

Shrek 5 is an upcoming Shrek film by DreamWorks Animation for Universal Pictures as what would be the fifth installment in the Shrek franchise and a reboot of the franchise. The plot is currently unknown and has no current release date.

Development

Following the success of Shrek 2 in May 2004, Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed that the Shrek story had been outlined into five films almost from the beginning. "Before the first one was finished, we talked about what the whole story of Shrek is, and each of the chapters answers questions about the first movie and gives us an insight," said Katzenberg, "Shrek 3 and 4 are going to reveal other unanswered questions and, finally, in the last chapter, we will understand how Shrek came to be in that swamp when we meet him in the first movie." After the release of Shrek the Third in 2007, Katzenberg announced that the fifth film would be released in 2013.

In May 2009, DreamWorks Animation (DWA) announced that the fourth film's title would be Shrek Forever After, indicating that it would be the last in the Shrek series. Later in 2009, that was confirmed by Bill Damaschke, head of creative production at DWA, with him saying: "All that was loved about Shrek in the first film is brought to the final film."

Josh Klausner, one of the writers of Shrek Forever After, explained in 2010 the script's evolution: "When I first came onto the project, it wasn't supposed to be the final chapter — there were originally going to be 5 Shrek movies. Then, about a year into the development, Jeffrey Katzenberg decided that the story that we'd come up with was the right way for Shrek's journey to end."

In a 2014 interview with Fox Business Network, Katzenberg hinted that the fifth film still may be made. "We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest," he said of the characters. "But I think you can be confident that we'll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We're not finished, and more importantly, neither is he."

Then, following the sale in 2016 of DreamWorks Animation to NBCUniversal, a part of Comcast, DreamWorks announced it would continue releasing "at least two films" per year. The first two films will be Shrek 5 and Shadows, which will be different than the previously-developed Me and My Shadow.[1]

In an interview with Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, they revealed that Michael McCullers would write the story.[2]

On November 6, 2018, it was revealed in a Variety interview with Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Illumination, that there are reboots in the works for Shrek and Puss in Boots. He also revealed that he would like to get all the voice actors back from the original films. "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,” explained Meledandri. “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.” No release date has been set for the film yet.

Trivia

  • The presence of Cameron Diaz hasn't been confirmed yet; due to her retirement from acting, it's currently unknown if Princess Fiona will appear in the movie or if the character will get a new voice actress.

References

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