Eddie Murphy Says ‘Shrek 5’ Could Be Released Next Year

Eddie Murphy, the voice behind the lovable Donkey, has hinted that ‘Shrek 5’ could be hitting our screens as early as next year. It’s been 23 years since the original Shrek movie charmed audiences and it seems the franchise is far from over.

In a chat with Collider, ahead of his new film ‘Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,’ Murphy confirmed that a new Shrek movie is indeed in the works. Even more exciting, there might also be a standalone film featuring Donkey himself.

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“We started working on Shrek 4 or 5 months ago. I’ve recorded the first act, and we’re set to finish it this year,” Murphy revealed. “Shrek is coming out, and Donkey’s going to have his own movie. So we’re doing a Shrek, and we’re also doing a Donkey [movie].”

When asked if he was recording for both films at the same time, Murphy clarified: “No, not simultaneously. I started with Shrek, which I think is coming out in 2025, and then we’ll move on to Donkey’s film.”

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Back in 2023, Variety mentioned that Universal was considering a fifth Shrek film with the original cast—Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, and Cameron Diaz—along with a Donkey spinoff. To date, four Shrek films have been released between 2001 and 2010. The most recent addition to the Shrek universe was 2022’s ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.’