It’s been seven years since the world was treated to the hijinks of Shrek and his merry band of misfits, but it looks like the wait is over for a fifth entry into the franchise! Well, we may need to wait a little longer for them to actually develop and animate the movie, but according to screenwriter Michael McCullers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Boss Baby, and Hotel Translyvania 3), Universal Studios is ready to greenlight the new installment in the popular series. Not only will this be the fifth film in a huge franchise, it will also be something of a reinvention, which should hopefully bring in an entirely new generation of fans.
McMullers’ comments regarding the fifth installment in the franchise were given in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter:
Shrek 5 is being developed. I finished that script, which I really, really, really love. It’s really personal to me. It’s got a pretty big reinvention behind it that I guess I can’t really reveal, but since DreamWorks was sold to Universal in that time for over $3 billion, I imagine they’re particularly interested in it stepping up and actually figuring out the future of the franchise in that way on the corporate level. Reinvention was sort of called for. There’s been four movies and a lot of material, so the characters are pretty beloved and they’re great characters, but you also have to think of a pretty new take at that point.
Granted, there isn’t a lot of solid information in this quote, but it’s clear the studio is interested in moving forward with the series and McMullers is happy with the script he completed. DreamWorks was recently sold to Universal, which has been heavily invested in reviving older franchises like the recently-released Power Rangers and Ghostbusters films. Bringing back our favorite jolly, green ogre is just another step towards recouping back their investment in the studio.
As we previously reported, Eddie Murphy, (Dreamgirls, I Spy, and Dr. Doolittle), Cameron Diaz, (The Mask, There’s Something About Mary, and Annie) and Mike Myers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Wayne’s World, and Inglorious Basterds) will all return to reprise their roles as Donkey, Princess Fiona, and Shrek respectively.
It’s still early in the game to provide anything close to a release date other than sometime in 2019 so keep an eye on NerdBastards.com for future information on Shrek 5 and all the rest of your nerdly news!