After a long hiatus, it seems DreamWorks Animation is ready to pick the Shrek franchise back up. Previously reports pegged the fifth installment for release sometime in 2019, and now the next sequel has a writer aboard.
In an interview with Hollywood News, Trolls co-director Mike Mitchell (who also helmed Shrek 2) said, “They’ve got a pretty good story. It’s being written by Michael McCullers who wrote all of the Austin Powers films. He came up with a really great idea that they’re exploring.” His directing partner Walt Dohrn (who helmed Shrek Forever After) added, “There’s more story to tell there and we’re ready to help tell it for sure.”
McCullers is a veteran of Saturday Night Live and penned Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember for Mike Myers. He also wrote and directed Baby Mama, starring two other SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and most recently worked on the screenplay for the animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Shrek Forever After, released in 2010, is the most recent installment of the Shrek storyline. The plot centered around the eponymous green ogre (voiced by Myers) having a mid-life crisis, during which he falls prey to the manipulation of Rumpelstiltskin. The fairy tale creature throws Shrek into an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist and Rumpel is the supreme ruler.
We then got a Puss in Boots spin-off in 2011 with the franchise suffering domestically: Forever After was the lowest-grossing U.S. release of the Shrek movies with $238.7 million, while Puss in Boots earned $149.3 million. However, the films earned $752.6 million and $555 million worldwide, respectively. Keep an eye out for more updates in the coming months.