The most recent installment in the Shrek franchise, Shrek Forever After, certainly wasn’t the peak of the series. After kicking off to a truly monumental start way back in 2001 with the topsy-turvy story of a hero ogre who falls in love with a beautiful green princess, the later movies didn’t quite live up to bar set by the first two. But DreamWorks has now had a six year break since then and is back with an all new sequel that, they promise, will return the series to its former glory.
Shrek 5, currently without a more imaginative working title, is a secretive creature at the moment, though it’s not due for release until 2019, so there is plenty of time to tease some sneak peeks out of the creators before launch. What we do know already is that Eddie Murphy, the voice of everyone’s favourite smelly quadroped, says that there is “a nice good script” at the foundation of the new movie.
Right now, pre-production on the film is underway and it seems likely that Murphy will be reprising his role as Donkey, along with Cameron Diaz returning as the verdant Princess Fiona and Mike Myers, who will be back as the titular beast himself, Shrek.
Discussing the popularity of the franchise and the longevity of a series that certainly doesn’t feel fifteen years old, Myers waxed lyrical about why movies like Shrek last for so long.
“Anything that’s been as successful as Shrek, anything that people really like, they’re always going to make those movies. They don’t stop making those types of movies until the audience says ‘no more!’ If it’s been successful you’ll see another Toy Story, and Shrek is one of those movies.”
As far as kids’ movies go, Shrek was certainly the first of its kind when it was first released. There hasn’t been much to compare to it even since.
When the next movie is released, there will be a gap of almost ten years since its predecessor, Shrek Forever After, so it makes sense that it will burst back onto screens feeling refreshed, embodying that distinct energy that made it so special to start off with.