Shrek is an upcoming American dark fantasy adventure buddy comedy film produced and directed by Tim Burton and Guy Ritchie alongside other production crew.

The film serves as a recreation of the Shrek franchise, being loosely based on the 1995 film. The film is distributed by Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures.

The film will premiere on October 22, 2021, worldwide, while having its premiere at Graumann's Chinese Theatre 15 days earlier.

The film will be released in Premium Large Format Screens, 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX 3D.

The film stars an ensemble cast of TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA.




On his 18th birthday, two ogre parents send their son, Shrek out of their house and into the world to make his living. They warn him that because of his looks, humans will hate him, and the last thing he will see is an angry mob before he dies. Years later, an embittered, grown up Shrek is living contentedly alone in a swamp, loving his solitude there and scaring away angry mobs who try to kill him. However, his solitude is disrupted when countless fairytale creatures show up on his property. They explain of their banishment from the Kingdom of Duloc, by order of the obsessive and fairytale-hating Lord Farquaad, who exiled them for being freaks, under penalty of death if they ever return.

Shrek leaves the swamp to ask Lord Farquaad for the return of his privacy. He brings along a talking Donkey, who is the only fairytale creature willing to guide him to Duloc. Meanwhile, Farquaad tortures the Gingerbread Man into revealing the whereabouts of the remaining fairytale creatures until his guards rush in with an object Farquaad has been searching for: the Magic Mirror. The Mirror tells him that Farquaad can only become a real king by marrying a princess. The Mirror gives him three princesses to choose from including Cinderella, Snow White, and Princess Fiona. Farquaad chooses Fiona and silences the Mirror before he can mention "the little thing that happens at night".

Shrek and Donkey arrive at Lord Farquaad's palace in Duloc, where they find themselves in the midst of a tournament; the winner will have the "privilege" of attempting to rescue Fiona from a castle surrounded by lava and protected by a fire-breathing dragon so that Lord Farquaad may marry her. Shrek (with some help from Donkey) easily beats the other knights in a fashion that resembles a wrestling match and Farquaad agrees to remove the fairytale creatures from the swamp if Shrek rescues Fiona.

Shrek and Donkey travel to the castle and split up to find Fiona. Donkey encounters the dragon and sweet-talks the beast to save himself before discovering that the dragon is female. Dragon takes a liking to Donkey and carries him to her chambers. When Shrek finds Fiona, she is appalled at his lack of romanticism. As they are leaving, Shrek manages to save Donkey, caught in Dragon's tender clutches, and causing her to become irate, chasing Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey out of the castle. At first, Fiona is thrilled to be rescued but quickly becomes disappointed when she finds out that Shrek is an ogre. The three make their return journey to Farquaad's palace, with Shrek and Fiona finding they have more in common with each other along the way, and falling in love. However, at night, Fiona refuses to camp with them, taking shelter in a nearby cave until morning. Shrek and Donkey stay awake and watch the stars while Shrek informs Donkey that he plans to build a wall around his swamp when he returns. When Donkey persists as to why Shrek would do this, Shrek tells him that everyone judges him before they know him, therefore he is better off alone.

Back in Duloc, Lord Farquaad was in his bathtub planning his wedding, and he reveals his own sordid heritage after The Magic Mirror insists that Farquaad should invite his father, but Farquaad refuses, explaining how he abandoned him in the woods as a child.

The next night, Fiona takes shelter in a nearby windmill. When Donkey hears strange noises coming from the windmill, he finds Fiona has turned into an ogre. Fiona explains she was cursed as a child and turns into an ogre every night, which is why she was locked away in the castle, and that only a kiss from her true love will return her to her proper form. Shrek, about to confess his feelings for Fiona, overhears part of their conversation and is heartbroken as he misinterprets her disgust at her transformation into an "ugly beast" as being disgusted with him. Fiona makes Donkey promise not to tell Shrek about the spell, vowing to do it herself, but when the next morning comes, Shrek has brought Lord Farquaad to Fiona. The two return to the castle, while a hurt Shrek returns to the now-vacated swamp.

Shrek finds that despite his privacy, he is miserable and misses Fiona. Donkey shows up attempting to seal off his half of the swamp with stone boulders, which Shrek rebuffs. In turn, Donkey angrily berates Shrek for his reclusive and stubborn habits, even to the point of driving off Fiona. An angered Shrek reveals he heard her talking about a hideous creature the night before, and Donkey retorts that they were not talking about him, but of "someone else". When a confused Shrek inquires who it was, Donkey, wanting to keep his promise, and still cross with Shrek, refuses to talk. When Shrek apologizes and extends his friendship, Donkey forgives him.

Gingy tells the Muffin Man to create a gigantic gingerbread man named Mongo Then, Mongo breaks through the castle's defenses so Shrek can prevent Farquaad from kissing Fiona, but Mongo is immediately defeated and killed off when guards keep firing milk at him and Mongo falls into the river, with Gingy jumping on him and mourning for his death, but is instantly rescued by Pinocchio

They interrupt the wedding before Farquaad can kiss Fiona, but not before the sun sets, which causes Fiona to turn into an ogre in front of everyone. While her transformation causes Shrek to fully understand what he overheard at the windmill, Farquaad, disgusted over the change, orders Shrek killed and Fiona imprisoned, but Dragon bursts in and devours Farquaad. Shrek and Fiona admit their love for each other and share a kiss; Fiona is bathed in light as her curse is broken, but is surprised to find that she has remained an ogre. Shrek calms her by assuring her that she is still beautiful. The two of them get married in the swamp and depart on their honeymoon while the rest celebrate by singing "I'm a Believer".


  • Jack Black as Shrek, TBA
  • TBA as Donkey, TBA
  • Kirsten Dunst as Princess Fiona, TBA
  • TBA as Puss in Boots, TBA
  • Jim Carrey as Lord Farquaad, TBA
  • TBA as Fairy Godmother
  • TBA as Prince Charming
  • TBA as "Monsieur" Robin Hood
  • TBA as Gingerbread Man
  • TBA as Geppetto 
  • TBA, TBA, and TBA as The Three Little Pigs
  • 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
  • Ean Manley as Kill Bosby
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On May 2018, Deadline Hollywood reported that Paramount and DreamWorks was in early development for a live-action adaptation of the film.

In August, 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 Guy Ritchie 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, while Dan Lin is attached as producer, and is planned to be released on May 21, 2021.






Principal photography was originally scheduled to begin in April 2020 at Pinewood Studios, London, United Kingdom, and in Cornwall, South West England, but production on the film was temporarily halted in March 2020 until early September 2020 due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Later that week, Paramount moved the film's release date to October 22, 2021, after that date became available due to coronavirus-related delays as The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run took up Shrek (2021)'s release date.

Filming and production resumed on September 3, 2020, TBA




Shrek is scheduled to be theatrically released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures in the United States on October 22, 2021. It was originally scheduled to be released on May 21, 2021, but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.





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