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"Shrek 5" Is Coming in 2025, "Donkey" Spin-Off Movie in Works


Tue 25 Jun 2024 | 09:10 AM
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Eddie Murphy offered fans an update on the progress of "Shrek 5" and also confirmed Donkey will receive his own spinoff movie.

In a new interview with Collider, Murphy revealed that he has already begun voice recording for “Shrek 5” and will next do a Donkey spinoff movie. 

In April 2023, Universal and DreamWorks Animation were reported to be eyeing a fifth “Shrek” movie with the original cast (Murphy as Donkey, Mike Myers as Shrek, Cameron Diaz as Fiona) and a Donkey standalone film for Murphy. It now seems like those projects are definitely happening.

“We started doing [‘Shrek 5’] months ago,” Murphy said. “I did this. I recorded the first act, and we’ll be doing it this year, we’ll finish it up. ‘Shrek’ is coming out and Donkey’s gonna have his own movie. We’re gonna do Donkey as well. So we’re gonna do a ‘Shrek,’ and we’re doing a Donkey [movie].”

He clarified that both movies are not being made at the time, noting: “I started recording ‘Shrek,’ I think it’s coming out in 2025. And we’re doing a Donkey one next.”

The “Shrek” franchise released four feature films between 2001 and 2010. The original “Shrek” turned DreamWorks Animation into a powerhouse studio with its $487 million worldwide gross. It became the first Oscar winner in the animated feature category. “Shrek 2” grossed $928 million. Both movies competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

While “Shrek the Third” and “Shrek Forever After” earned less acclaim than the first two movies, they, however, still managed to gross $813 million and $752 million worldwide, respectively.

In 2023, Murphy shared that he’d do a fifth “Shrek” movie “in two seconds” if he was ever asked to reprise Donkey.

“I love Donkey,” Murphy told Entertainment Tonight. “You know, they did ‘Puss in Boots’ movies. I was like, ‘They should have did a Donkey movie. Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots. I mean, I love Puss in Boots, but he ain’t funny as the Donkey. … I would do a Donkey movie. I would do another ‘Shrek’ in two seconds.”

The most recent “Shrek” universe movie was 2022’s “Puss in the Boots: The Last Wish,” which Universal Pictures released in theaters to $485 million worldwide.