Shrek 5 shares long-awaited release date

Shrek 5

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DreamWorks has officially announced that they are currently working on the highly anticipated animated sequel Shrek 5.

Shrek 5 - Figure 1
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The upcoming movie will hit theaters on July 1, 2026.

Famous actors Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz have all agreed to play their characters again in the upcoming Shrek movie. Mike Myers will play Shrek, Eddie Murphy will play Donkey, and Cameron Diaz will play Princess Fiona.

Murphy revealed the exciting update about the next Shrek movie in June during an interview with Collider. He mentioned that they have already started working on Shrek 5, with the first act already recorded. The process is expected to be completed within the year. Additionally, Murphy mentioned that a movie focusing on the character Donkey is also in the works. So, fans can look forward to not only a new Shrek movie but also a standalone Donkey film.

DreamWorks has not yet officially confirmed the release of a standalone Donkey movie, so there is no official date for its release at this time.

There is also uncertainty if Antonio Banderas will reprise his role as Puss in Boots in Shrek 5, as it has not been officially confirmed yet.

The next Shrek movie, Shrek 5, is in the hands of director Walt Dohrn, who has a lot of experience working on the series. He was part of the writing and art team for Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, and was in charge of the story for Shrek Forever After. He even provided the voice for Rumpelstiltskin in the last film.

In April, a clip from Shrek 2 became popular on the internet again after OJ Simpson passed away. The ex-football player gained notoriety for evading police for five days after the 1994 killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. The leisurely car pursuit on the LA freeways attracted widespread interest around the world.

In the movie Shrek 2, Gingerbread Man is shown at his house watching television. The news anchor reports a scene from Knights where a white bronco is heading east into the forest. Meanwhile, Shrek is riding on Donkey's back, who has been turned into a white horse at that moment.

In 2021, Sam Summers from The Independent celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first Shrek movie, praising the iconic character as the "irritable ogre" who revolutionized the film industry.

Summers wrote that Shrek has always held a unique spot in pop culture discussions. The groundbreaking animated film from the smaller studio DreamWorks, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, definitely has a strong fan base - its frequent appearance in online memes proves this. However, there have also been critics of the film for a long time.

"For some people, the film was the starting point for a lackluster trend of sarcastic animated movies, including Shark Tale, Chicken Little, and the popular Minions series. While this may be true, Shrek's importance goes way beyond just that."

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