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Shrek 5 is now in the cards for 2019

07.20.2016

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Universal's big acquisition ($3.8 billion to be exact) of DreamWorks Animation is like an onion. It has a lot of layers, and one of them now appears to be the revival of the SHREK franchise. 

With NBCUniversal's deal for DWA expected to close sometime in August, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg will waste no time in greenlighting their first two films - SHREK 5 and Edgar Wright's SHADOWS. DreamWorks Animation is setting its sights on releasing two new animated features each year, and it's already planting its flag in 2019 for both of those pictures. 

The SHREK series really did start out hot, spoofing all the things Disney had previously laid out for us in regards to our accepted knowledge of fairy tales, and the sequel managed to play up that self-awareness well, too. But creatively, things ran out of gas with the third and fourth chapters and really... we haven't heard much from Mike Myers since. 

But everything old is new again, and, while five years may not seem like a sufficient break before resuscitating the SHREK franchise, five years is a long time in the lifespan of a kid. And while those who previously may have been fans of SHREK have grown a bit older, there is a fresh new batch of potential SHREK watchers who have never been exposed to the famous ogre or his donkey friend. Universal certainly hears that cha-ching. 

 

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8:07PM on 07/20/2016

Shadows?

An article about two green lit films and the spotlight is on Shrek? What's this Edgar Wrights Shadows? No comments about it either? Did I miss a story? Will I stop asking questions?
An article about two green lit films and the spotlight is on Shrek? What's this Edgar Wrights Shadows? No comments about it either? Did I miss a story? Will I stop asking questions?
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7:17PM on 07/20/2016
I enjoyed the films, but I'd rather see Myers do another Austin Powers.
I enjoyed the films, but I'd rather see Myers do another Austin Powers.
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6:42PM on 07/20/2016

Was only a matter of time...

Even if Fox retained the rights I'm sure they would have made another Shrek at some point
Even if Fox retained the rights I'm sure they would have made another Shrek at some point
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6:40PM on 07/20/2016
I would rather see a Rise of the Guardians 2 from Dreamworks.
I would rather see a Rise of the Guardians 2 from Dreamworks.
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6:13PM on 07/20/2016
Dreamworks really needs to step up their game. I remember when they were pretty much the top animation studio (with Pixar). Pixar and Disney are back on top now, Illumination is bringing in a lot of money, and others (like WB and the Lego Movie) have sort of left Dreamworks in the dust. I like Shrek as much as the next guy, but we really don't need a 5th film.
Dreamworks really needs to step up their game. I remember when they were pretty much the top animation studio (with Pixar). Pixar and Disney are back on top now, Illumination is bringing in a lot of money, and others (like WB and the Lego Movie) have sort of left Dreamworks in the dust. I like Shrek as much as the next guy, but we really don't need a 5th film.
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