Shrek is still one of (if not the) DreamWorks Animation’s flagship franchises. After hitting it big with fans back in 2001, the film spawned three sequels and a Puss in Boots spin-off movie, as well as a host of TV specials.
Though news of the irate ogre has been relatively quiet in recent years, it transpires that the series isn’t done and dusted after all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shrek 5 is expected to hit cinemas in 2019, alongside an original DreamWorks films named Shadows, by David Williams and Edgar Wright.
The last Shrek film- Shrek Forever After – released back in 2010, and saw the lovable green giant caught within an alternate reality after making a dodgy deal with Rumpelstiltskin. The film was dubbed The Final Chapter in its trailers and advertisements, which does raise questions surrounding Shrek 5’s plot. Perhaps the studio is planning a prequel this time round.
Official plot details for Shrek 5 have yet to be revealed, but given each film’s dedication to the ogre’s budding family life, it’s possible we’ll see the ogre’s paternal travails with beloved Princess Fiona and their three green children. Who knows – maybe high school is afoot.
However, as theorised by Screen Rant, it’s equally possible that the film could hone in more on the franchise’s future, offering long-time fans opportunity to reminisce, whilst “paving the way for different protagonists to carry the franchise into the future.” We’ll just have to wait and see.