Shrek is an upcoming 2021 American fantasy adventure buddy musical comedy film directed by Tim Burton and Jon Favreau.

The film serves as a recreation of the Shrek franchise, and is based on the 1995 film. The film is distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is a live-action adaptation of DreamWorks' 1995 traditionally animated film of the same name, but with some differences.

The film will be released theatrically in Canada and China on October 15, 2021, and will be released exclusively on Paramount+ and Netflix on October 22, 2021.

The film stars an ensemble cast of Jack Black, James Corden, Kristen Dunst, and Jim Carrey.


Once upon a time, in a faraway swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom Far Far Away by the evil Lord Farquaad, Rumpelstiltskin, Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming. Determined to save their home, Shrek who traves with Donkey, Pinocchio, The There Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf to Far Far Away at a Disneyland parody amusement park called "Duloc". Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona who was sent by Fiona's Parents to be Farquaad's Queen and Charming's bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret as Shrek run into friends and foes along the way, but he must adapt to what he is currently doing in order to get his land back.




  • Jack Black as Shrek, a cynical, and grumpy ogre who lives in a swamp by himself.
  • James Corden as Donkey, TBA
  • Kirsten Dunst as Princess Fiona, TBA
  • TBA as Puss in Boots, TBA
  • Jim Carrey as Lord Farquaad, TBA
  • TBA as Rumpelstiltskin, Lord Farquaad's partner, TBA
  • TBA as Fairy Godmother
  • TBA as Prince Charming
  • TBA as "Monsieur" Robin Hood
  • Conrad Vernon as Gingerbread Man
  • TBA as Geppetto 
  • TBA, TBA, and TBA as The Three Little Pigs
  • TBA as Tuxedo Sam
  • TBA as Chip
  • TBA as Pinocchio  
  • TBA  as Three Blind Mice
  • TBA as Thelonius
  • TBA as Big Bad Wolf 
  • TBA as Captain of the Guards
  • TBA as The Mad Hatter
  • TBA as Old Woman (Donkey's ex-owner)
  • TBA as Duloc Mascot (a man dressed in a suit that looks like Lord Farquaad)
  • TBA as Peter Pan
  • TBA as King Harold
  • TBA as Queen Lillian



DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures expressed interest in a live-action adaptation of the 1995 animated film Shrek starring international star TBA, and TBA with either TBA or TBA chosen as the director. Plans for a live-action Shrek remake began in 2011, but the project never came to fruition.

On May 2018, Deadline Hollywood reported that Paramount and DreamWorks was in early development for a live-action adaptation of the film.

On November 6, 2018, it was reported by Variety that Chris Meledandri had been tasked to be the executive producer for Shrek, with the cast of the previous films potentially returning. TBA was rumored to direct the live-action remake of Shrek, but he either turned down or was busy with another project.

In August 2018, it was announced that Alan Menken would return as one of the film's composers and write new songs alongside Danny Elfman, with Tim Burton and Jon Favreau signed on to direct the film. John August is writing the script, which will reportedly retain most of the musical elements of the original film, and is planned to be released on May 14, 2021.

On November 24, 2020, it was reported that production on Shrek (2021) has shifted from theatres to Paramount+, with Netflix acquired international distribution rights to the film, excluding the United States, Canada, and China, with the film would be released in Canadian theatres on October 15, 2021, and would come to Paramount+ on October 22, 2021.






Principal photography was scheduled to begin on February 16, 2020, with some filming done at Pinewood Studios, London, United Kingdom, Scotland in the United Kingdom and in Cornwall, South West England that same year in February 2020, filming at the studios would include the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, where large sets were assembled an exterior set at Pinewood Studios depicted some of the sets were leaked and being built/constructed such as Duloc, Far Far Away, Fiona and Dragon's Castle/Tower and Shrek's Swamp at Pinewood Studios (set area). Other filming locations would include the TBA, TBA, TBA and TBA.

Filming concluded on November 6, 2020, after nearly 6 months of shooting.

The film's budget is $200 million, TBA.

COVID-19 pandemic

On March 13, 2020, production was put on hiatus as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic until early July 2020 due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Following the delay, the filmmakers saved time by doing post-production work on the footage that was already shot. Most of these scenes featured TBA allowing the visual effects team to get started on TBA.

One month later, Paramount moved the film's release date to October 22, 2021, after that date became available due to coronavirus-related delays.

In June 2020, it was announced that The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run took up Shrek's release date and then on On October 27, 2020, was taken up by Rumble (2021) causing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run to be released on July 10, 2021.

Paramount eventually confirmed that filming would resume in July 2020, at Pinewood Studios. Paramount planned to spend approximately $10 million on various safety protocols, filming and production resumed on July 4, 2020, TBA.




Shrek is scheduled to be theatrically released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures in the United States on October 21, 2021. It was originally scheduled to be released on May 14, 2021, but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.





Cultural references and easter eggs


Trivia/Differences from the original film

  • The Three Pigs, Pinocchio and The Big Bad Wolf have a larger role in the remake and go with Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona from the Dragon's tower.
  • TBA, TBA and TBA are reimagined as TBA.
  • Unlike the first movie in the original franchise, this will include major elements from the second movie as well.
    • For example from Shrek 2: A gigantic gingerbread man named Mongo in TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA.
    • Some characters from Shrek 2 are in the remake like Puss in Boots, Mongo, Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, King Harold and Queen Lillian are in the remake.
    • From Shrek 3 TBA, TBA, and TBA.
  • Princess Fiona's transformation resembles more of a werewolf transformation.
  • TBA, TBA, TBA and TBA are reimagined as TBA.
  • TBA is shown living on TBA bunker, being his pet and best friend.
  • A few new characters are added to the remake.
    • Tuxedo Sam and Chip were added to the introduction sequence to introduce the film before the movie would begin.
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  • Contrary to audience opinions, TBA and TBA do appear in the 2021 remake, but they are reduced to a speaking cameo in two scenes in Lord Farquaad's castle, TBA.
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