After four movies, two holiday specials and a spin-off, the uncanny prince charming of Dreamworks Animation will return to the big screen. While promoting its new animated movie The Boss Baby, Michael McCullers gave a much-awaited update on the status of Shrek 5.
What Comes After Happily Ever After
Shrek, which came out in 2001 made DreamWorks Animation a worthy opponent to Pixar and that is why the studio is not ready to let go of its hero just yet. According to its screenwriter, the movie is still in development and it might just change the franchise.
“I finished that script which I really, really, really love. It’s really personal to me,” McCullers stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He also explained that since Universal bought DreamWorks in 2016 for $3 billion, there are orders to step up. That is why there is a major reinvention happening behind-the-scenes. “[T]he characters are pretty beloved and they’re great characters, but you also have to think of a pretty new take at that point.”
There have been talks about a fifth movie for a while now, but this is the first update fans have heard in three years. Right now, the next installment is still in early developments. Fans will have to wait longer before the movie gets released to cinemas worldwide. Moreover, the reinvention of the franchise should excite fans who have followed Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona’s (Cameron Diaz) story for more than a decade now.
The last time that viewers saw the ogre who saved the princess, he was a family man having a middle crisis who made a deal with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) to erase him from his own timeline. In the end, he was able to go back to the original timeline and appreciate his life and family.
The Shrek Franchise Lives
DreamWorks killed hopes for a fifth movie in 2009 when the studio announced that Shrek Forever After (initially called Shrek Goes Fourth) will be the last from the franchise. The movie went on to earn $752.6 million from the global box office. The studio greenlit the fifth installment in 2016. It is set to be released some time in 2019.
It has been almost seven years since the last movie so it is hard to guess how the franchise will proceed in terms of narrative. But since a lot of time has passed since the last movie, perhaps the children of Shrek and Fiona are now older and ready to take over.
More DreamWorks Movie In The Works
After Boss Baby and Shrek 5, McCullers and the people at DreamWorks are currently hard at work to bring more animated movies to the big screen. This year, the company will also introduce its own superhero named Captain Underpants to the big screen. There are also reports that The Croods 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 are coming on Dec. 22, 2017 and Jun. 29, 2018 respectively.
The fighting kitty of the Shrek franchise, Puss in Boots, is also getting a sequel. It is expected to bring back Antonio Banderas to the role. No release date has been set so far, but the project is still currently in development.
The site also lists Madagascar 4, one of the most successful franchises from DreamWorks Animation, as “likely” in development. It starred Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett-Smith, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock.
A new movie titled Larrikins from Australian comedian Tim Minchin is also slated to come out next year. It follows a bilby, a marsupial omnivore who escapes its sheltered life in order to explore the Australian outback. It will be released on Feb. 16, 2018.
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