Although the last theatrically-released Shrek film was released seven years ago, it seems that's long enough for a complete reinvention of Shrek.
How exactly do you reinvent Shrek, incidentally? He's an ogre, he wants to be left alone, he falls in love and they all lived happily ever after. That's pretty much the gist of it. Sure, there's a talking donkey and you had John Lithgow in there as Lord Farquad - who was initially named Lord F*ckwad - and you have, of course, Smash Mouth.
In an interview with THR, screenwriter Michael McCullers gave an update on the status of Shrek 5, saying that it's in active development. " It’s got a pretty big reinvention behind it that I guess I can’t really reveal, but since DreamWorks was sold to Universal in that time for over $3 billion, I imagine they’re particularly interested in it stepping up and actually figuring out the future of the franchise in that way on the corporate level."
"Reinvention was sort of called for. There’s been four movies and a lot of material, so the characters are pretty beloved and they’re great characters, but you also have to think of a pretty new take at that point."
Somebody needs to come up with a new take. Once they've got that, what's next? Told through the eyes of what? Me? The World Is Gonna Roll Me?