Shrek 5: The 20th anniversary of “Shrek” was commemorated earlier this year, but the trip is far from over. More fairytale adventures starring the titular green monster and his pals are on the way, which is fantastic news for fans. Indeed, the wait for another “Shrek” film has been so lengthy that “Shrek 5” will definitely be greeted with anticipation.
Having released a new movie every three years between 2001 and 2010, Shrek fans have been left waiting far too long for the fifth instalment of the franchise.
There is good news, though. Work is finally underway on ‘Shrek 5’ again, which could soon be hitting the silver screens.
The plot of ‘Shrek 5’
Michael McCullers, the man behind ‘The Boss Baby’ and ‘Austin Powers’, worked on the script and confirmed in 2020 that it had been completed, but no details on the plot itself have been revealed just yet.
“I finished that script which I really, really, really love,” he told CinemaBlend. “It’s really personal to me. It’s got a pretty big reinvention behind it that I guess I can’t really reveal.”
Despite that, it is expected that the film will follow the same kind of approach as the previous films, only with new twists to engage fans of the hits from the noughties as well as new viewers.
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The characters and likely voice cast for ‘Shrek 5’
The idea behind ‘Shrek 5’ is to reinvigorate the franchise by relying on the same core characters, with several actors hinting at their involvement.
New features could come in, but, with no details on the plot itself, that is hard to tell until we at least see the first trailers.
One interesting casting decision concerns the fact that Cameron Diaz retired from acting in 2014, which means that if Princess Fiona does return then it could be with an entirely new voice.
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas are all expected to return, as producers look to stick as close to the original cast as possible.
It’s been quiet on the Shrekian front in recent years, despite the fact that it was originally scheduled for a 2019 release. According to Cinema Blend, Eddie Murphy recently stated that the long-awaited sequel could arrive in theatres in 2020, although this was more of a guess than a genuine commitment.
According to Fandom, “Shrek 5” is expected to be released on September 30, 2022, with a home media release in November of that year. The global pandemic likely slowed the film’s development, so it’s unclear how far along “Shrek 5” is today. Don’t be shocked if the expected release date is pushed back.
Given that “Shrek Ever After” was released 11 years ago, the “Shrek” release schedule has been thrown off. New “Shrek” movies were released every three years at the height of the franchise’s popularity, in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively. The good news is that the project has not been abandoned and is still in the works.