One little mistake has led to excitement worldwide! An NBC Universal intern revealed that Shrek 5 is currently in the works and will be hitting theaters in 2025. The news was announced in a LinkedIn post.
According to DailyMail, the mistake comes just months after founder and CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, spoke about rebooting the Shrek franchise. “You look at what the core elements are that audiences have loved,” he told Variety in April. “And you do your best to honor those core elements. And then you’re hard at work to build story elements and new characters that take you to brand new places. The original cast is a huge part of that.”
However, there wasn’t an official announcement about the original cast making a return. But Meledandri said the production team anticipates they are coming back. “Talks are starting now, and every indication that we’ve gotten is there’s tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of the actors to return.”
Mike Myers starred in the franchise films as Shrek along with Cameron Diaz (who played Fiona) and Eddie Murphy (who played Donkey). Antonio Banderas, who played Puss in Boots, went on to make spin-off films about the lovable sword-fighting cat. Most recently, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish generated $484.6 million during its theatrical run in 2022.
Shrek 5 will be hitting theaters 15 years after the fourth installment, Shrek Forever After premiered. The first film premiered in 2001 and introduced the grumpy main character, the hyperactive “noble steed” and the beautiful princess with a big secret. Other characters like Gingy, the blind mice, and the confused wolf also appeared throughout the franchise.
‘Shrek’ Star Eddie Murphy Says He Would Reprise His Role As Donkey in ‘Two Seconds’
While speaking to ETalk earlier this year, Eddie Murphy declared he would love to return to his beloved Shrek role. “If [Dreamworks] ever came with another Shrek, I’d do it in two seconds,” Murphy declared. “I love Donkey.”
Murphy also commented on Banderas’ Puss in Boots getting his own films instead of Donkey. “They did Puss in Boots movies. I was like, ‘They should have done a Donkey movie.’ Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots. I mean, I love Puss in Boots, but he ain’t funny like Donkey.”
Meledandri said during his interview with Variety that he was thrilled to hear that Murphy was interested in returning to the Shrek franchise. “It’s evidence of his strong enthusiasm for a role that he so brilliantly inhabited and really created alongside the artists at Dreamworks. I found that comment to be very exciting.”
Meledandri then responded “without question” when it comes to Donkey deserving his own film.
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