DreamWorks Animation has confirmed that “Shrek 5” is in the works, set for a release on July 1, 2026. Fans will be delighted to know that original cast members Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz are all returning for this installment. However, the participation of Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots remains unconfirmed.

Walt Dohrn, who contributed to the franchise as a writer and artist on “Shrek 2” and “Shrek the Third,” and served as head of story for “Shrek Forever After,” will direct “Shrek 5.” He also voiced Rumpelstiltskin in “Shrek Forever After.” The film will be produced by Gina Shay, a returning producer for the series, and Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination. Brad Ableson is on board as co-director.

Eddie Murphy revealed in an interview with Collider in June that he has already started recording his lines for the film and hinted at a future Donkey spinoff. “We started doing ‘Shrek 5’ months ago,” Murphy said. “I recorded the first act, and we’ll be wrapping it up this year. ‘Shrek’ is coming out, and Donkey’s gonna have his own movie too.”