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Shrek 5 Is Happening, Proving Not All That Glitters Is Gold

Remember when Shrek first came out, and it was the best piece of film you had ever seen in your life? And you consistently repeated the "ogres are like onions" quote ad nauseum?

And when Shrek 2 came out, you wondered how it was possible that a sequel was better than the original?

But then when Shrek The Third came out you were kinda like "...okay?" It was pretty obvious the only reason they released it was because Justin Timberlake was in it.

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And when Shrek Forever After came out, you didn't even know about it.

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Seriously. Did you know there are SIX Shrek-related films? There's Shrek the Halls and Scared Shrekless too. Plus, there's a whole Puss In Boots franchise we chose not to talk about.

But now, there's going to be a FIFTH Shrek feature film, which has a lot of people talking.


It was announced in July that Shrek 5 would be released in 2019. It will be the first Shrek film under the Universal banner, and the screenwriter, Michael McCullers, says it's going to "reinvent the franchise."

McCullers has some pretty big writing credits under his belt, including:

  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Boss Baby
  • Saturday Night Live (20 episodes)

He also directed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's classic, Baby Mama.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McCullers revealed we could be seeing a lot more from the Shrek franchise in the future.

“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,” McCullers said. “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.”

What do you think about this announcement?