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“Shrek 5”: Release date and cast set for July 2026

“Shrek 5”: Release date and cast set for July 2026

We go back to the swamp.

DreamWorks Animation has announced that Shrek 5 is officially in development and the release date is still a long way off: July 1, 2026. The return of original Shrek stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz is confirmed.

Antonio Banderas’ return as the feisty cat in Puss in Boots has not yet been confirmed. “Shrek 5” is directed by Walt Dohrn, who wrote and produced “Shrek 2” and “Shrek the Third” and served as story supervisor on “Shrek Forever After,” in which he also voiced Rumpelstiltskin. “Shrek 5” is produced by franchise returnee Gina Shay and Illumination founder Chris Meledandri, and co-directed by Brad Ableson.

Murphy leaked in June that he had already started recording voice work for the film and would next direct a Donkey spinoff film.

“We started ‘Shrek 5’ months ago,” Murphy told Collider. “I did that. I shot the first act and we’re going to do it this year, we’re going to finish it. ‘Shrek’ is coming out and Donkey is going to have his own movie. We’re going to do Donkey, too. So we’re doing a ‘Shrek’ and a Donkey (movie).”

The Shrek series spawned four feature films between 2001 and 2010. The original Shrek made DreamWorks Animation an influential studio, grossing $487 million worldwide. The film became the first Oscar winner in the animated feature category. Shrek 2 grossed $928 million. Both films competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After received less critical acclaim than the first two films, but still grossed $813 million and $752 million worldwide, respectively. The two Puss in Boots spinoffs were also box office hits, grossing $555 million and $484 million, respectively.

As diversity As reported in 2018, Universal Pictures hired Meledandri (who is also the executive producer behind the Despicable Me franchises and The Super Mario Bros. Movie) to oversee a revival of the studio’s Shrek and Puss in Boots franchises. The animation guru insisted at the time not to change the franchise’s voice performances, which he believed were key to the success of the Shrek films.

“When you look back at those vocal performances, they’re fantastic, and while you could certainly argue for a complete reinterpretation, I’m responding to my own nostalgic feelings and wanting to return to those characterizations,” Meledandri said. “The challenge for us was to find something that really felt like it wasn’t just another film in a series of sequels.”

The Shrek franchise also includes spinoff titles of Puss in Boots, the most recent of which, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, hit theaters in December 2022. The film was a box office hit, grossing $484 million worldwide and also received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

The success of The Last Wish reignited interest in a possible fifth Shrek film. Donkey voice actor Murphy said in January 2023, “If (DreamWorks) ever did another Shrek, I’d be in it in a heartbeat. I love Donkey. They made Puss in Boots movies. I thought, ‘They should have made a Donkey movie.’ Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots. I mean, I love Puss in Boots, but he’s not funny as a donkey.”

Meledandri told diversity in April 2023 that he was “thrilled” when he read Murphy’s comments, adding, “It’s a testament to his great enthusiasm for a role that he embodied so brilliantly and really created alongside the artists at DreamWorks. I found that comment very exciting.”

When asked if he thought Donkey was a character who could carry his own film, similar to the battling cat spinoffs starring Antonio Banderas, Meledandri replied, “Without question.” He also said he was looking forward to seeing the film’s original voice cast (including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Murphy) return for “Shrek 5.”

Although no contracts had been finalized at this point, Meledandri said negotiations with the three actors were going well. “We expect the cast to come back. Talks are starting now and everything we’ve gotten indicates that the actors are very enthusiastic about returning,” he said in April.