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Not Sure We Asked for a Shrek 5, but We’re Getting It Anyway

Nope, not a believer.

Here’s a thing you didn’t ask for: another Shrek movie in the works. Yep, it’s happening according to screenwriter Michael McCullers, who spoke on the project while promoting his new film, Boss Baby.

“Shrek 5 is being developed,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I finished that script, which I really, really, really love. It’s really personal to me. It’s got a pretty big reinvention behind it that I guess I can’t really reveal, but since DreamWorks was sold to Universal in that time for over $3 billion, I imagine they’re particularly interested in it stepping up and actually figuring out the future of the franchise in that way on the corporate level. Reinvention was sort of called for. There’s been four movies and a lot of material, so the characters are pretty beloved and they’re great characters, but you also have to think of a pretty new take at that point.”

It’s interesting they’re still discussing the future of the franchise because it means they aren’t in agreement with some of us (namely me) who believe this thing has more than overstayed its welcome. The first film hit theaters in 2001 and was followed up by the well-received Shrek 2 in 2004, then the lackluster Shrek the Third in 2007 and the unwatchable Shrek Forever After in 2010. And how about that Puss in Boots spinoff in 2011? Word around town is that there’s a sequel slated for 2018.

And have I mentioned the seven short films including Far Far Away Idol, the two TV specials and that one animated series titled The Adventures of Puss in Boots? If there’s anything to contemplate, it’s why they continued with this thing in the first place. Wait, I think I know the answer.

The reality is that no matter what, there’s somebody out there willing to throw their coins at this. Will you be one of them?

(via Screen Crush, image: screencap)

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