Mike Myers Wishes To Make A New Shrek Film Every Year
Mike Myers has spoken out on his role as the titular animated ogre Shrek, saying he would be "thrilled" to return to the franchise
Shrek was the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature after debuting in 2001 and became one of the year's highest-grossing pictures, collecting $487.9 million from a budget of $60 million. Since then, the franchise has released three further pictures, as well as the spin-off feature Puss in Boots and a variety of short films. Since 2001, Myers' co-stars Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz have dutifully returned to reprise their roles as Donkey and Fiona.
Now, Myers has announced his readiness to return to the Shrek franchise in an interview with GQ. Myers admitted that he "liked" playing the popular cartoon character, and that he felt a kinship with Shrek because of the movie' themes of self-acceptance. Read Myers' whole comment below:
"I loved the idea of taking a fairy tale and turning it on its head, and having it be that all the traditional bad guys are good guys, and all the traditional good guys are bad guys. And I realized it's a dramatic role. I mean, halfway through I went, 'There's an emotional center here.' You know the old joke, 'I wouldn't want to be a member of a club that would have me as a member'? I have always felt that way. The concept of going from a self-loathing ogre to a self-accepting ogre was meaningful to me. I love playing Shrek. If I had to do one Shrek a year, I'd be thrilled."
DreamWorks' Shrek franchise served as the studio's launch pad into worldwide acclaim. Though the most recent major installment, Shrek Forever After, was less successful than its predecessors, the franchise remains the studio's most lucrative, with Shrek 2 making roughly $928 million. While a fifth feature was rumored to be in the works as of 2016, the project has now gone silent, with attention going to the planned spin-off sequel, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek.
The release of Puss in Boots 2 in September 2022 may allow for a return to the Shrek 5 notion. Fans will be relieved to know that the franchise's beloved main star is eager to return, probably with the likes of Banderas, some 12 years after the release of Shrek Forever After. Though it's unclear if Murphy and Diaz would be as excited to return, especially after the former announced her retirement, it's likely that the studio plans to take the series in a new direction. Still, with Puss in Boots 2 possibly opening up new narrative options, it's feasible that the Shrek flicks may get a fresh lease of life in the future years, much to Myers' and the fanbase's joy.