When Is Shrek 5 Coming? Everything You Need To Know

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 long that “Shrek 5” will be greeted with anticipation.

It’s been more than a decade since the last sequel, “Shrek Forever After,” led us to believe that DreamWorks’ popular saga had ended, but the desire to see more “Shrek” films has never waned. The fifth installment was announced in 2016, but it hasn’t had the easiest time getting to the screen.

Shrek is a DreamWorks Animation media series primarily based on William Steig’s 1990 picture book. Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010) are the four computer-animated films in the franchise, with a fifth film in the works. Shrek 4-D, a short 4-D movie based on a theme park attraction, was released in 2003.

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What Happened In Shrek Forever After?

Rumpelstiltskin manipulates Shrek, who is suffering from a mid-life crisis, into allowing himself to be erased from existence and placed in a terrible parallel universe where Rumpelstiltskin reigns supreme.

The ogre, Shrek (Mike Myers), now lives happily with his wife Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and three children. However, during his children’s birthday party, he experiences a nervous breakdown in front of them and their friends. He suddenly wishes to return to his former life as a true ogre, as he was before meeting Fiona.

As a result, he seeks assistance from deceitful dealmaker Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn). At first, Shrek appears to be living his previous life, and everything seems to be well. But he soon discovers that Rumpelstiltskin has set him up and now commands the realm with an iron fist.

Shrek is in for the fight of his life as he strives to reclaim his life before time runs out with the help of his buddies Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Fiona, and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas).

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Plot Of Shrek 5

There isn’t much information about Shrek 5’s plot. We should expect it to follow a similar framework to the previous films, complete with new twists and easter eggs to keep both new and returning franchise fans engaged.

In an interview with Variety, Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination, said, “The issue for us has been to create something that truly feels like it’s not merely another film in a succession of sequels.”

“Looking back on those vocal performances, they’re incredible. “I find myself responding to my nostalgic impulses of wanting to return to those characterizations,” Meledandri (credited as a writer on the production on IMDB) says.

At the same time, the super-producer isn’t forgetting about the past, stating that he’s still “nostalgic” for the old characterizations and the vocalists that gave them to life. Mike McCullers, who described the makeover as “quite huge,” shared similar sentiments. The screenwriter also claimed that the story was “personal” to him, but he didn’t offer any details about what to expect.

It appears like the creators are keeping the story’s details close to their hearts for the time being. The ambiguous synopsis suggests that audiences can expect something radically different from “Shrek” but that the essence of the film will be preserved to some extent. The Variety story also mentions preparations for a long-awaited sequel to “Puss In Boots,” implying that NBCUniversal sees a bright future for this specific fairytale universe on film.

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The cast of Shrek 5

There is a lot about the picture that is currently unknown. As a result, it’s difficult to predict who will play whom in this film. However, we can anticipate the following:

  • Mike Myers in the role of Shrek
  • Eddie Murphy plays the donkey.
  • Antonio Banderas plays Puss in Boots.

In 2014, Cameron Diaz announced her retirement from acting. As a result, it’s unknown whether she’ll reprise her role as Princess Fiona. Or whether a new actress will voice the position.

Release Date Of Shrek 5

In recent years it’s been quiet on the Shrekian front, even though it was initially 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.

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.

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Shrek 5 will, according to DreamWorks, “totally redefine” the franchise. They’ve also explained why there’s such a big gap between this film and Shrek 4, suggesting that it’s primarily because Shrek Forever After was planned to be the franchise’s final installment.

Are you looking forward to the new Shrek installment? Or is it a fresh start for the franchise? Let us know what you think in the comments area below!

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