The long awaited "Shrek 5" has finally been confirmed by the makers and we will soon get to experience the next installment in the franchise. It is noted that the last Shrek movie came out around ten years ago. The cute green ogre has charmed fans with his awesome and funny talking style. Shrek has managed to keep his life on track through all four crazy installments.
Fans have been waiting for "Shrek 5" after DreamWorks and NBCUniversal confirmed in 2016 that they were planning to release a fifth movie. The movie was supposed to arrive last year but instead the studio made "Puss in Boots 2" first, so it was rescheduled.
Fans are curious about how they are planning to make this movie different from all the previous installments.
Chris Meledandri was designated to be at the helm of the movie, he is responsible for mega blockbuster animated movies like "Despicable Me" and "Minions."
Shrek 5 will reunite the original cast of Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, and Mike Myers, but presumably without all the original lore. The first "Shrek" film took home the first Academy Award for an animated film in 2002.
Michael McCullers a.k.a. the scribe behind "The Boss Baby" will be a writer for the upcoming movie. DreamWorks said that "Shrek 5" will completely reinvent the farcical fairy tale franchise. He had also penned several "Austin Powers" flicks including "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "Austin Powers in Goldmember."
Meledandri confirmed he preferred the original cast to return for "Shrek 5," but the fifth movie would need to be a fresh reinvention. McCullers also agreed that "Shrek 5" would be a reboot of the franchise, suggesting the sequel could take the characters audiences have grown to love, and basically reinvent them from scratch.
The origins of the movies can be traced back to William Steig's 1990 children's book "Shrek!" The previous films were released in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.
A reboot would not be too surprising if Dreamworks decided to wipe the slate clean and utilize modern technology - just look at the raft of Disney remakes dominating the box office.
Despite the confirmation of a new "Shrek 5" production, fans have been doubting if they will still see the fifth film because of the almost 10-year gap.
However, the movie script had been finished by McCullers. According to him, "[He] finished that script which [he] really, really, really loves and it's really personal to [him]."
NBCUniversal planned to reinvent the Shrek franchise after buying Dreamworks Studios for $3 billion. The four initial movies of Shrek had collected a net gross of over $2.5 billion.
According to some reports, "Shrek 5" will hit the silver screen on September 23, 2022.The plan to revive "Shrek" was a decision that was based on the film series' popularity around the world and it just showed that they acknowledged its power to attract the crowds.
The reboot is reportedly being produced under the new management of Comcast-NBC Universal, and the fifth film will be the first animated film that the management will be releasing. The targeted goal is to increase revenue by relaunching and making our favorite characters popular again.