It’s seven years since everybody’s favourite green ogre with a Scottish accent last graced the big screen. But DreamWorks is working on his return.
Shrek 5 is currently being developed and screenwriter, Michael McMullers – whose The Boss Baby is perched on top of the US box office this week – revealed the status of the next instalment.
“Shrek 5 is being developed. 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’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.”
The first Shrek was something of a ground breaker among children’s films, approaching traditional fairy tales with a winking humour and a ballsy soundtrack. So, yes, there will need to be a new take. But with dormant franchises like Power Rangers and Ghostbusters being revived successfully, why not Shrek? It was DreamWorks’ biggest hit, with three sequels and the Puss In Boots spin-off, and the studio’s most critically acclaimed film until the arrival of How To Train Your Dragon in 2010.
Whether there’s an appetite among cinema goers for a franchise that ended seven years ago remains to be seen, but the current success of The Boss Baby is sure to give McMullers’ script some extra traction.