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DreamWorks Animation Sets ‘Shrek 5’ Premiere Date

We’re heading back to the swamp! - the fifth franchise installment, with returning stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz, hits theaters July 1, 2026.

To the swamp! DreamWorks Animation announced on X that Shrek 5 will premiere July 1, 2026.

The social media post stated, “Not too Far, Far Away… @Shrek 5 is coming to theaters on July 1, 2026 with Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz.”

Plot details have not yet been announced. In 2023, Illumination CEO and DreamWorks creative partner Chris Meledandri teased a soft franchise reboot, stating, “We anticipate the cast coming back,” he said. “Talks are starting now, and every indication that we’ve gotten is there’s tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of the actors to return.”

Murphy also mentioned the project in June. “We started doing [‘Shrek 5’] months ago,” Murphy told Collider. “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].”

Upon its original release in May 2004, Shrek 2 shattered box office records with the highest-grossing U.S. opening weekend for an animated film of all time. To date, the film has earned $928 million worldwide. 

"The Shrek franchise has become a cultural touchstone and has brought joy to audiences around the world for more than two decades," said Jim Orr, president of domestic theatrical distribution for Universal Pictures. "Its impact on popular culture has been profound, transcending generations, and it continues to resonate with viewers long after its initial release.”

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