Who would’ve thought the most exciting news during Comic-Con wouldn't even come out of the convention? Universal has been on a roll with their animated features, turning Minions into a billion dollar franchise and smashing weekend records with The Secret Life of Pets. And much like their competitors over at the Mouse House - home to both Disney Animation and Pixar - they too plan to build competing kiddie brands: Illumination Entertainment, responsible for the aforementioned entries, and the soon-to-be-acquired acquired DreamWorks Pictures.
The latest flag on their release calendar? Shrek. Five.
Get out of my swamp if you don’t like this news, because us Shrekkers have gone six years without a Shrek movie, and twelve without a good one. The DreamWorks deal is set to close by August per THR, and while the film won’t come out until February 2019 (thus dethroning Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 as the year’s most exciting tent pole), it’s a relief to those of us who thought the series’ swan song would be a spinoff where Zach Galifianakis plays an egg.
THR also reports that a 2019 date has been set for Shadows, a new film from Edgar Wright. While that would ordinarily be THE big news, the possibility of Shrek 5 means a whole new generation can experience a sincere message of self-acceptance sandwiched between fart jokes and crotch gags, just like us true '90s kids did in 2001. No word on returning cast members, or whether Adam Baldwin will play the villain (as so many within the fandom desire), but we’ll keep you posted on any developments.
On a personal note, I’m missing Smash Mouth in LA tonight, but this news more than makes up for it.