It's been nearly two years since Jeffrey Katzenberg announced to the world that another Shrek film is definitely in the works. And since that day back in February 2014, we know little more about the future of the beloved franchise today than we did back then. Let's take a look at what we kinda know so far:
Rumor: Shrek May Appear in Puss In Boots Sequel
The voice behind Puss In Boots, Antonio Banderas, recently stated that he would love to see Shrek return and make an appearance in the Puss In Boots sequel. The way he presented the information seemed to give fans the inclination that Banderas knew more than he was letting on. Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives and 40 Thieves is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2018. This film's prolonged release date brings us to...
Confirmed: We Won't Be Seeing It For Some Time
Dreamworks Animation has shifted their policies when it comes to releasing animated movies, sticking with two per year. Looking at their schedule, the slate is pretty much booked through 2020. Yeah, it's going to be awhile. However, given the importance that Shrek has to Dreamworks, we may see a shift in development sometime in the near future assuming a great story to tell actually comes together.
Rumor: The Original Cast Is Returning for Shrek 5
The first film's original cast consisted of Mike Myers as the titular character, Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, and Eddie Murphy as Shrek's best friend and constant pain in the butt, Donkey. While I'm sure Myers and Diaz would be more than willing to return to the roles, Murphy does not seem so open to it. In an interview a few years ago, he shrugged off the idea of doing any more Shrek films, insisting that the world has enough of them.
A Fairy Tale For Everyone.
For all his faults, the world really does love this great green ogre. He's been a part of worldwide households for many years and will continue to do so for many more. The Shrek franchise still remains at the top of the ten highest grossing animated franchises of all time. All four of the Shrek films firmly hold their places in the top 50 highest grossing animated films of all time. It's clear to see in this world obsessed with Princesses and nonsensical side characters, people will always find a way to make room for our favorite fairy tale hero.