‘Shrek’ Franchise May Continue With Fifth Movie

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After 2010′s Shrek Forever After, a film conveniently appended with an alternate title of The Final Chapter, it appeared that audiences had seen the last of the titular grumpy ogre and his countless fairy tale-fueled screen adventures; in the intervening four years, there’s been nary a hint that animation giant DreamWorks has any interest in pursuing additional entries in the Shrek franchise, despite the box office take for 2011 spin-off, Puss in Boots reaching $555 million worldwide. Still, for all intents and purposes, it looked like the studio had finished telling Shrek’s story.

But it turns out that DreamWorks may have simply been taking a break from Shrek, because CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg seems quite certain that we haven’t heard the last from the series just yet. In point of fact, there may be a fifth film coming down the pipeline, though he chose to keep mum on whether it’s coming sooner rather than later. Turns out that the fourth movie’s subtitle wasn’t really set in stone after all.

Katzenberg’s comments cropped up in an interview he did with the Fox Business Network; while the discussion won’t be published in full until later today, Variety was able to break the news yesterday. For those imagining anything meatier than what’s outlined above, adjust your expectations; for the time being, Katzenberg’s words offer little more than potential for the continuance of the Shrek juggernaut, though given his position in DreamWorks’ hierarchy, it’s reasonable to take him at his word. For posterity, here’s Katzenberg’s full quote from the piece:

We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.

A quick glance at the release pattern for ShrekShrek 2Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After does show a three year gap between each entry in the franchise; four years isn’t that far off, though if DreamWorks is serious about picking up where they left off in 2010, viewers are quite possibly looking at another year and change before Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, their various broods, and their countless magical, enchanted compadres pop up in theaters again (though of course this is all speculative in nature).

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So we have a promise from Katzenberg that there’s more narrative to squeeze out of the Shrek saga, but all of this leaves a lingering question: why the long wait? It’s possible that the answer circles back around to matters of commercial success; Puss in Boots and Shrek Forever After performed very well around the world, though at the same time both of those films (along with Shrek the Third) signaled a downturn in global revenue (read: interest) after the second installment. The diminishing returns could be a big part of what’s kept Shrek off the silver screen for close to half a decade at this point.

If that’s the case, then it’s on DreamWorks to draw crowds back to see the character’s antics begin anew. Perhaps they’ve learned their lesson with recycling plot elements and themes; perhaps they have a fresh narrative angle. For now, all we can do is imagine what’s in store for Shrek going forward (assuming that DreamWorks actually gets a new film off the ground), though if nothing else, it’s likely that we’ll see the original cast members – Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy – reprise their roles (not to mention, copious out of place pop culture references). But to what end? We’ll have to wait for further word from Katzenberg to find out.

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We’ll keep you up to date on developments with DreamWorks’ new Shrek film as they become available.

Source: Variety

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  1. No please no that franchise lasted one movie toooo long!!! Just let it go and come up with something original please!!!

  2. This is good news to me. The fourth one was a step up from the third and its not like this film is being rushed, It’ll be a few years before its out. Shrek started this non pixar animation craze and its still a likeable character

    • The Shrek franchise as well as Puss In Boots have been mildly entertaining so far, so sure, I’ll give another one a whirl. Incidently, I used to work with a guy at Wal-Mart who looked amazingly like Shrek. He wasn’t green with little horns or whatever coming out of his head, but he did kind of look like a demented Mr. Clean gone wild!

  3. you know the last one was prob the best since 1/2…so if they can make it fresh, why not

  4. I know Dreamworks is headed by greedy pigs, but doesn’t this sound more like another spinoff?

    • Well, those greedy pigs keep turning up tasty truffles like Shrek, and I don’t mean with their snouts, so even though it does seem like a bit of overkill, the formula seems reasonably successful, so I say why not?

  5. This movie gave the best of itself with the second part. The 3rd movie was bad and the 4th was better but not great. So no, thank you.

  6. NO. Please no more. Shrek is finished, the characters got their happily ever afters.
    1 was good, 2 was incredible, but 3 and 4 SUCKED. And Puss in Boots was okay.

    The novelty of Shrek’s world is worn out, from the pop culture references, to the not-regular-fairy tales route. In 3 and especially 4, most of it came off as hammy (remember that University scene? UGH!).

    Dreamworks should focus on new stuff. Kung Fu Panda and How to train your Dragon are good franchises, but that’s about all Dreamworks has left.
    For some reason, I’m not waiting in line to watch Peabody and Sherman.

  7. I wouldn’t see it. I honestly think the only good Shrek movie was the first one, everything after that was an unfunny cash cow that got progressively worse.

  8. Did anyone even know there was a fourth one?

    • Did you really not know there was a fourth one?

  9. No.

  10. I’m not surprised.

    If it helps keep Dreamworks afloat then I say they do it. They need a hit after Guardians and The Croods.

    I wouldn’t see Shrek5 if they made it, but if that’s the price you have to pay for each How To Train your Dragon or Megamind, then I’m ok with that.

  11. “Another one?!!”… Thats what I and many other unenthusiastic people (thanks shrek 3!) said here in mex when they were showing shrek 4 trailer at theaters.

    Indeed. The movie sucked. and now I guess we are going to say the same thing in shrek 5 trailer.

    They need to give it a rest. The formula its pretty much worn out in Shrek.

  12. [GROAN] my son will probably nags me to take him see this movie. Personally they should’ve ended it with Shrek3.
    I’ll just play with my IPad while my son watches it.
    Bring on Kung-fu Panda 3 and Puss in Boots 2.

  13. Well the first Shrek was one of my favorite animated movies to watch when I was younger. Shrek 2 was great too but I hardly ever go back to it. Shrek 3 was just bad. I actually liked Shrek 4, although I don’t remember much of it at all. And that Puss in Boots spinoff I remember loving it so much that I was thinking it was like the best one since the first Shrek, but I haven’t seen it since theaters and honestly couldn’t tell you why I liked it now. I don’t remember. But point is, the Shrek series doesn’t have too bad of a track record, so I don’t think a fifth one is necessarily a bad idea. I only want them to make one if they feel like it’s a good idea creatively though, like if there’s a place that this series can still be taken that would be fun and new. Because I feel like the movie is probably just being made to make money, and that wouldn’t be good.

  14. The first Shrek was an awesome. It was fun for the kids but had sarcasm, satire and jokes for the adults. The second from what I remember was pretty decent too. The third was just absolutely horrible, and I didn’t bother with the fourth. You’d think that Dreamworks has other franchises it could rely on (How to Train Your Dragon?) so I kinda wish they’d just leave Shrek alone already.

  15. So sad…so many memorable stories are ruined with sequels that try to out do the first one. Shrek 2 was horrible. Shrek the 3rd was just ok. Shrek Forever After was sooooo bad. SO BAD!

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