It’s “Finally” Happening
DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek franchise was easily the studio’s most lucrative property through the 2000s, leading to four different film installments and the spinoff movie, Puss in Boots. It was inevitable perhaps, then, that DreamWorks would go back to that well, even more so following the studio re-shuffled its animated film production slate in the aftermath of such commercial disappointments as Rise of the Guardians and Mr. Sherman and peabody.
NBCUniversal’s acquisition of DreamWorks earlier this season – including, such prized animated properties as Kung Fu Panda and How exactly to Train Your Dragon in addition to Shrek – only further increased the chance that everyone’s favorite giant green ogre (as voiced by Mike Meyers) would be returning, in a single way or another. Now, we’ve a tentative release date for Shrek’s return too.
THR is reporting that Universal intends to start out releasing two DreamWorks animated films every year, later on. The 2019 slate will include Shrek 5, in addition to a genuine project titled Shadows from David Williams and the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy filmmaker, Edgar Wright. This news arrives a couple days after renewed reports that DreamWorks’ plans for future years include reviving the Shrek film brand.
It looks like Universal and DreamWorks Animation’s goal is release a a straight balance of original intellectual properties (Trolls, Boss Baby, Shadows) and franchise installments (The Croods 2, How exactly to Train Your Dragon 3, Shrek 5) by using an twelve-monthly basis on the upcoming years. It’s a technique which should serve the studios well, as it shall allow DreamWorks to avoid burning out its audience with a wave of sequels, prequels, and/or spinoffs, while at exactly the same time continuing to produce original material that, should it be well-received, could subsequently bring about new DreamWorks franchises too.
In regards to what Shrek 5 will be about: the fourth Shrek film, Shrek Forever After, premiered back 2010 and show an It’s an excellent Life-style narrative where Shrek is trapped within an alternate timeline after making a negative deal with Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek Forever After was marketed to be “THE ULTIMATE Chapter” after its release in theaters and doesn’t exactly offer any clear clues concerning in which a traditional followup could go.
One evident route for Shrek 5 to adopt is that of the soft reboot. That could allow moviegoers to vacation down memory lane and revisit beloved characters from Shrek films past (Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and so forth), while at the same time paving just how for different protagonists to transport the franchise in to the future (Shrek and Fiona’s children, perhaps). Shrek 5 includes a passage of the torch of some sorts though presumably, since it’s unlikely that DreamWorks would revisit such a lucrative property merely to give it one final (final) chapter.