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Shrek 5 Release Date Announced with Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz Returning

DreamWorks Animation recently announced the release date for the fifth Shrek film on its X (formerly Twitter) page.

A Shrek green number five bounced around in the video set to the tune of Smashmouth’s All Star several times before the date, July 1, 2026, appeared. The caption read, “Not too Far, Far Away… @Shrek 5 is coming to theaters on July 1, 2026 with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.”

Shrek logo and character with Donkey in swamp next to NBCUniversal logo and LinkedIn logo.

Walt Dohrn, who was a writer and artist on 2004’s Shrek 2 and 2007’s Shrek the Third and served as Head of Story on 2010’s Shrek Forever After, will helm the fifth installment. The Trolls franchise executive producer Gina Shay is set to produce together with Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri. Minions: The Rise of Gru’s Brad Ableson will co-direct.

Murphy talked about the project last month when he was interviewed by Collider.

“We started doing Shrek four or five months ago,” he told the entertainment website.

“I recorded the first act, and we’ll be doing it this year. We’ll finish it up,” the comedian continued.

He also teased that his iconic character Donkey will have his own solo movie.

Shrek is DreamWorks’ most famous franchise and is loosely based on William Steig’s 1990 picture book. The first film introduced the audience to the sort-of Scottish-sounding ogre Shrek (Myers) on his way to rescue the Princess Fiona (Diaz).

Shrek won the inaugural Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002. The original film grossed $488.6 million globally. The sequel where Shrek met Fiona’s parents is still the animation studio’s highest-grossing movie, earning $932.4 million worldwide.

The third film followed the titular ogre’s quest to look for his replacement as King of Far, Far Away, Fiona’s cousin Arthur “Artie” Pendragon (Justin Timberlake). It is DreamWorks’ second-highest-grossing film with $813.4 million in global box office earnings. The fourth film followed Shrek’s struggles with adjusting to his responsibilities as a family man as well as growing old. The movie earned a decent $752.6 million globally, making it the studio’s third-highest-grossing film.

The Shrek franchise also includes 2011’s Puss in Boots, the spinoff movie of the Antonio Banderas-voiced swashbuckling feline. The movie also had a sequel released in 2022, which earned $481.7 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature film.

The Shrek franchise extends to a stage musical adaptation on Broadway, short films, interactive television specials, TV and web series, video games, comics, and several themed attractions. The Broadway musical received eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. The franchise is the second-highest-grossing animated franchise in history.

And as for Donkey’s upcoming solo movie, it seems to be about time. Puss in Boots, who only appeared in Shrek 2, got his own movie 10 years after the first Shrek film and only a year after the fourth. Donkey, Shrek’s loyal sidekick since the beginning, has been waiting for more than a quarter-century for his turn. He deserves at least one film of his own before he and Dragon enjoy their retirement.

Source: Clutch Points, Deadline