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'Shrek 5' Release Date and Returning Cast Announced

‘Shrek 5’ Release Date and Returning Cast Announced

DreamWorks delighted fans on Tuesday with a major announcement: Shrek 5 is officially in the works. The project’s excitement escalated with confirmations that Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz will reprise their iconic roles. Even more thrilling is the movie’s slated release date—July 1, 2026.

The Shrek series has seen its share of highs and lows over the years. With more than a decade having passed since the last installment, many thought the franchise had come to a close. However, fans can now anticipate seeing their favorite ogre on the big screen in just a couple of years. The announcement was accompanied by a brief animation featuring the numeral 5 adorned with ogre ears, dancing across the screen. While it’s uncertain if this is the final title, the anticipation is undeniable.

Origins of a fifth Shrek film trace back as far as 2004, yet the journey to realization has been long and challenging. Shrek premiered in 2001 and quickly distinguished itself as both a competitor to Disney and a clever parody. The film’s success spawned several sequels: Shrek 2 in 2004, Shrek the Third in 2007, and Shrek Forever After in 2010. Additionally, the series expanded into spin-offs, like Puss in Boots in 2011 and its successor Puss in Boots: The Last Wish in 2022. TV specials, short films, a Broadway musical, and a Netflix series titled The Adventures of Puss in Boots further solidified the franchise’s cultural impact.

During its hiatus, the Shrek universe became a fertile ground for internet memes, and it appears DreamWorks is keen to harness that viral energy for the series’ revival. The concept of a fifth film isn’t new. According to a detailed report by IGN, former DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg had initially commissioned four sequels following the original movie’s massive success. He had hinted that Shrek 3 and Shrek 4 would delve into unanswered questions and that the final chapter would explain how Shrek ended up in his swamp.

Whether this original plan will still guide the new film remains to be seen, given significant changes within DreamWorks and the Shrek franchise. Recent buzz surrounding the fifth installment picked up momentum during a mid-credits scene in The Last Wish. Reports at that time indicated that Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri had crafted a story treatment for Shrek 5 and would serve as a producer. Just last month, Murphy stated he had already started recording his lines for the film.

Shrek 5 is being penned by Michael McCullers and directed by Walt Dohrn. Further details about the plot and additional casting are still under wraps. The eagerly awaited release is set for July 1, 2026.

Source: PopCulture, IGN