Shrek 5 is Finally Happening: What We Know So Far The iconic green ogre, Shrek, is making a comeback after years of waiting. The CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, confirmed that talks are starting with the original cast for the sequel. Here’s everything we know about Shrek 5 so far.
Shrek 5: A Brief History
The Shrek franchise began with the first movie release in 2001, followed by three sequels and two spin-off films. Over the past 20 years, the franchise has become a global phenomenon and earned over $1 billion at the box office. The last movie, Shrek Forever After, was released in 2010, and fans have been eagerly waiting for the next installment since then.
Shrek 5: Everything We Know So Far About The Beloved Green Ogre’s Return
After years of anticipation, it seems like our favorite green ogre is finally making a comeback. Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri confirmed on April 4, 2023, that “talks are starting” with the original ‘Shrek’ cast to make another sequel. Here’s what we know about ‘Shrek 5’ so far.
Shrek’s Phenomenal Success
The first Shrek movie hit theaters in 2001, introducing us to the lovable ogre that changed everything. Over the years, the franchise has grown to become a global phenomenon with three sequels and two spin-off films, making over $1 billion at the box office.
Shrek 5 Confirmed
Fans have been eagerly waiting for news about a fifth Shrek movie since the release of ‘Shrek Forever After’ in 2010. In 2017, screenwriter Michael McCullers revealed that ‘Shrek 5’ was in development and that he had finished writing the script, which he called “really personal.” However, the release dates kept getting delayed, and it seemed like ‘Shrek 5’ was stuck in development limbo.
But now, we finally have confirmation that ‘Shrek 5’ is happening. Chris Meledandri stated that he anticipates the original cast to come back for the sequel, and there’s “tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of the actors to return.” Additionally, Antonio Banderas, who voices Puss in Boots, gave an update about the movie in a Dec. 2022 interview while promoting ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ saying, “there is probably gonna be another, and Shrek is probably coming back.”
Shrek 5 Release Date
As of April 2023, ‘Shrek 5’ does not have a release date. However, the franchise’s most recent movie, ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,’ came out in theaters on December 13, 2022. It was a big success, making over $477 million and receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
Shrek 5 Cast: Who’s Returning?
The original ‘Shrek’ cast members who lent their iconic voices to the beloved characters will be returning. This includes Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots.
Mike Myers, in particular, has expressed his excitement about returning to the role of Shrek, stating that he loved playing the character and would be thrilled to do it again. Eddie Murphy also revealed in late January 2023 that he’s ready to voice Donkey again in another ‘Shrek’ movie.
Will Donkey Get a Spin-Off?
Chris Meledandri hinted that Donkey, voiced by Eddie Murphy, could get a spin-off film. It’s unclear whether this would happen before or after ‘Shrek 5.’ But, given Donkey’s popularity, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get his own movie.