Shrek 5 adds Austin Powers writer

It looks as though ‘Shrek 5’ has a writer…

During an interview with The Hollywood News, ‘Trolls’ director Mike Mitchell revealed that Dreamworks Animation has found a writer for the upcoming ‘Shrek’ sequel.

“They’ve got a pretty good story,” he said about ‘Shrek 5’. “It’s being written by Michael McCullers who wrote all of the Austin Powers films. He came up with a really great idea that they’re exploring.”

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Of course, Michael McCullers is most famous for the ‘Austin Powers’ movies, having penned both ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’ and ‘Goldmember’. He is also a former writer on the hit American TV show, ‘Saturday Night Live’.

But presumably, he won’t be using quite the same skills for ‘Shrek 5’.

He also wrote the 2015 animated feature ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ and is busy penning the upcoming animated sequel, ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’.

“There’s more story to tell there,” added Walt Dohrn. “We’re ready to help tell it for sure.”

But is there still an audience for ‘Shrek’?

It’s been six years since we last saw Mike Myers voicing the iconic fairy tale ogre. ‘Shrek Forever After’ saw Shrek venturing into new territory - he’s started a family and is now one of the most beloved figures amongst local villagers. And while a spanner is thrown into the works by none other than Rumpelstiltskin, the film ends with Shrek finally appreciating his happily ever after…

And it’s no secret that Dreamworks had planned this to be the very end of the franchise.

Will a fifth ‘Shrek’ movie really work, or will it undermine the previous final chapter?

For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

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