This year, “Shrek” celebrated its 20th anniversary, but the trip has only just begun. Fans can anticipate future fairytale adventures featuring the titular green monster and his companions, which is excellent news. In fact, the wait for a new “Shrek” film has been so protracted that “Shrek 5” will definitely be received with widespread enthusiasm.
Over a decade has passed since “Shrek Forever After” made us believe that DreamWorks’ successful saga had reached its conclusion, yet the desire to create new “Shrek” films has never diminished. The fifth instalment was revealed in 2016, but its path to the big screen has not been the smoothest.
There are notable participants, however. Chris Meledandri, producer of “Despicable Me,” was hired to supervise the project for DreamWorks and NBCUniversal. Michael McCullers, whose previous work includes two “Austin Powers” films and “Boss Baby,” was given the assignment of writing the script. According to Cinema Blend, McCullers completed his task in 2017, thus what is the status of “Shrek 5” as of 2021?
Shrek 5 Release Date
Originally scheduled for release in 2019, Shrekian has remained silent in recent years. Eddie Murphy previously stated, according Cinema Blend, that the long-delayed sequel could enter theatres in 2020, although this was more of an estimate than a confirmation. According to Fandom, “Shrek 5” could be released on September 30, 2022, with a November release date for home media. It is presently uncertain how far along in production “Shrek 5” actually is, as the global epidemic has likely slowed production. Expect the speculated date to shift.
Since “Shrek Ever After” was released 11 years ago, the release pattern of “Shrek” films has been interrupted. At the height of the franchise’s popularity, “Shrek” films were released every three years, in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively. The good news is that the project has not been terminated and is still in progress.
Shrek 5 Cast
Eddie Murphy’s previous statements confirm that he will resume the role of Donkey in “Shrek 5”. According to Radio Times, Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas are slated to reprise their roles as Shrek and Puss In Boots, respectively, completing the franchise’s core group. However, if Fiona were to return, she might be represented by a different actor. Cameron Diaz retired from performing in 2014 and seems unwavering in her decision. It is hoped that she will return for one more hurrah with the old gang, but it does not appear likely.
It is quite probable that “Shrek 5” will feature the introduction of new mythological entities. The “Shrek” films feature a plethora of characters from the world of fairytales. Dragon is also likely to feature owing to her friendship with Donkey, and it wouldn’t be a “Shrek” film without the Gingerbread Man making his presence known. In addition, “Shrek 5” will not be a direct sequel, so it is possible that certain existing characters will be redesigned.
What Is the Narrative of Shrek 5?
Despite the title suggesting that the upcoming film will be a continuation of the previous instalments, “Shrek 5” is a reboot that intends to reinvent the wheel. The directors had no desire to explore familiar territory. How they will restructure things, though, remains to be seen.
In an interview with Variety, Chris Meledandri stated, “The problem for us has been to find something that doesn’t feel like just another in a string of sequels.” At the same time, the super producer does not wish to forget the past, stating that he is still “nostalgic” for the previous characters and the voice actors who brought them to life.
Mike McCullers reiterated these sentiments, describing the innovation as “quite significant.” The screenwriter also disclosed that the story is highly “personal” to him, yet he did not provide any plot details.
It appears that the creators are keeping the story’s details under wraps for the time being. The ambiguous synopsis suggests that viewers can anticipate something wholly new, albeit retaining some of “Shrek’s” essence. The Variety story also mentions the long-awaited “Puss In Boots” sequel, hinting that NBCUniversal sees a bright future for this specific fairytale realm on the big screen.