It’s been a while since we’ve heard about the development of Shrek 5, a movie that has been in talks for a long while, as we were reporting on it as early as three years ago. This week, The Boss Baby screenwriter Michael McCullers revealed that he has finished up the script for Shrek 5, which means the project is further along than fans may have been expecting. In addition, McCullers revealed that if and when Shrek 5 finally gets made, it’s going to be different than other iterations of the franchise. Here’s what he had to say:
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 [have] 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.
Of course, Michael McCullers is not ready to reveal where the upcoming movie is going, per his comments to THR. But he does say a lot about the DreamWorks sale and that Universal is working really hard to figure out how to kick off a fifth film that will also work to reinvision the entire future of the Shrek movies. Which means Shrek 5 may not be the only Shrek movie that is eventually on the way.