Eddie Murphy confirms 'Shrek 5' and Donkey spinoff in the works

As we approach the 25th anniversary of Shrek's debut, fans have something exciting to look forward to. 

Eddie Murphy, in an interview with Collider's Steve Weintraub, confirmed that not only is a new Shrek movie in the works, but also a standalone film for Donkey, one of the franchise's most beloved characters.

During the interview, Murphy, who was promoting his upcoming film "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F," revealed the news while discussing the recent success of other animated films like "Kung Fu Panda 4" and "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish." 

These films have revived interest in the Shrek series, with "Kung Fu Panda 4" grossing $545.3 million worldwide and "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" pulling in $485.2 million globally.

Murphy said, “We started doing Shrek 4 or [Shrek] 5 months ago. I recorded the first act, and we'll be finishing it up this year. Shrek is coming out, and Donkey's gonna have his own movie. 

We're gonna do Donkey as well. So we’re doing a Shrek, and we’re doing a Donkey [movie].” He clarified that he is recording for both projects simultaneously.

The Shrek franchise, known for its humor, memorable characters, and heartwarming stories, has remained popular since its inception. 

With four feature films, numerous spin-offs, and even a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Shrek has become a cornerstone of modern animation. Murphy’s portrayal of Donkey has always been a highlight, and his enthusiasm for the new projects is evident.

Donkey's standalone film promises to delve deeper into the character, offering new comedic and emotional experiences. Donkey has been a fan favorite due to his fast-talking, upbeat personality, and his role as the ultimate comic relief. 

His loyalty to Shrek and their evolving friendship adds heart to the humor. Donkey’s expressive face and over-the-top antics make him a visual and emotional treat, and his dance moves are just the icing on the cake.

With the new Shrek movie and the Donkey film set to release tentatively in 2025, fans can look forward to more laughter, more heart, and more Donkey. Stay tuned to Collider for updates on the future of Shrek and Donkey.

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