Shrek is life, and Shrek is SO back!

That’s right, Shrek 5 has officially been confirmed to be in development by Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures, as announced in a press release on July 9. Scheduled for release on July 1, 2026, the release will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the original Shrek film. Keep reading for everything we know!

Who’s Returning to ‘Shrek 5’?

The film will see the return of the beloved trio from the original movies, with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz returning to their roles as Shrek, Donkey, and Princess Fiona, although specific plot details remain undisclosed.

“I’d absolutely be open if they ever came with another Shrek, I’d do it in two seconds. I love Donkey,” Eddie told ETalk in an interview from January 2023.

Then, a few months later, Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri said that while at the time none of the series’ three main stars were signed on for a new Shrek movie yet, negotiations were underway in an interview with Variety.

The CEO said that “every indication that we’ve gotten is there’s tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of the actors to return.”

Is There Going to Be a ‘Shrek’ Spinoff With Donkey?

Following the massive success of the latest Shrek spinoff, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Eddie has some thoughts on doing a spinoff with his own character.

“You know, they did Puss in Boots movies. I was like, ‘They should have did a Donkey movie. Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots,'” he said. “I mean, I love Puss in Boots, but he ain’t funny as the Donkey.”

He continued, “I would do a Donkey movie. I would do another ‘Shrek’ in two seconds.”

When ETalk told Eddie that he would need to “pull some strings” to get a Donkey movie off the ground, the comedian responded, “That’s DreamWorks Animation. They have to want to do it. DreamWorks, if you all want to do it, just call me. I’m ready, I’m sitting and ready to do Donkey.” You heard the man, DreamWorks!

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish has grossed over $100 million at the domestic box office, proving that there’s still a lot of interest surrounding the Shrek universe! The franchise starred Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona and Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots. The Shrek universe has released four feature films between 2001 and 2010, with the original movie turning DreamWorks Animation into a powerhouse studio.

Mike, who voiced Shrek, has previously said that he’d also love to continue playing the angry ogre, so consider him in on the Shrek 5 train. “The concept of going from a self-loathing ogre to a self-accepting ogre was meaningful to me,” he told Variety in December 2022. “I love playing Shrek. If I had to do one Shrek a year I’d be thrilled.”

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