Dreamworks Partner Chris Meledandri Teases Donkey Spinoff

Earlier this year, Eddie Murphy commented on wanting to bring the beloved donkey back to the screen in a “Shrek 5″ movie and a Donkey spin-off film.

Today, partner and consultant for dream animation weigh in on the matter, hinting that the project may already be underway.

A donkey spin-off

Shrek and the donkey
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Earlier this year, when the latest “Shrek” spin-off, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (2022), was released, Eddie Murphy spoke out on whether he would be willing to work on a spin-off. off focused on his “Shrek” persona. , Donkey. “I would be open if they ever came with another Shrek; I would do it in two seconds. I love Donkey,” Eddie Murphy said.

“You know, they made Puss in Boots movies. I was like, ‘They should have made a Donkey movie,’ Murphy continued. “The donkey is funnier than puss in boots. I love Puss in Boots, but it’s not as funny as Donkey.

He concluded with, “I would do a Donkey movie. I would do another Shrek in two seconds.

Murphy pleaded with DreamWorks Animation saying, “It’s Dreamworks Animation. They have to want to do it. Dreamworks, if you all want to do it, give me a call. I’m ready; I’m seated and ready to donkey.

Now it looks like Dreamworks is listening!

Chris Meledandri confirms that negotiations are underway

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Just two months after Murphy commented on a Donkey spinoff and potential ‘Shrek 5’, Dreamworks Animation partner and consultant Chris Meledandri is chiming in on the matter – saying he’s fully on board and negotiations are over. even in progress.

When we talk to Variety Regarding future “Shrek” projects, he confirmed that the original cast of the main franchise is set to return for a highly anticipated fifth film, although final deals for stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz have not been finalized. finalized.

“It’s not that different from the process we went through with Mario [“The Super Mario Bros. Movie”], where you look at what are the basics that the audience liked, and you do your best to honor those basics,” Meledandri said. “We anticipate the [original “Shrek”] the cast returns. Talks are starting now, and every indication we get is huge enthusiasm from the cast to return.

Meledandri went on to say he was “thrilled” when he heard Murphy talk about a Donkey spin-off and ‘Shrek 5’, adding, “It’s proof of his strong enthusiasm for a role that so brilliantly lived and created alongside the artists of DreamWorks. I found this comment fascinating.

The Dreamworks Animation partner added that the character of Donkey could definitely support his film.

The original cast of “Shrek” consists of Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona), John Lithgow (Lord Farquaad), Jim Cummings (Captain of Guards) and others. In the sequel, Antonio Banderas joined the cast to voice the ferocious cat, Puss In Boots, and even went on to have two spin-off films highlighting the character – ‘Puss In Boots’ (2011) and ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” (2022).


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