Antonio Banderas, who starred in Shrek and Puss in Boots, has hinted that his vicious feline character will return in Shrek 5. Since Shrek 2, Banderas has played Puss in Boots, and he later returned in the third and fourth movies in the series. Banderas has also portrayed San Ricardo’s feline hero in his own spinoff film series, the second of which, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, is slated for a large-scale theatrical release on December 21.

As per Deadline, Banderas provided Red Sea Film Festival attendees with an update on the future of the Shrek franchise by announcing that there will probably be a Shrek 5 at some point in the future. Additionally, he made it seem as though Puss in Boots would make a comeback in both Shrek 5 and perhaps a fourth episode of the character’s named spinoff series. See what Banderas had to say below:

“I’ve been with this cat for almost 20 years. The first time I did Puss in Boots, I was working on broadway, so I did my first session there. I’ve done five movies now. There is probably gonna be another, and [Shrek] is probably coming back.”

The Prospects For Shrek And Puss In Boots

Antonio Banderas Provides A Surprising Update To Shrek 5
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Banderas’ comment is not the first time franchise members have discussed Shrek 5 in public. Since 2004, when then-producer Jeffrey Katzenberg discussed having a five film outline for the Shrek franchise, a fifth Shrek movie has been hinted at. A script for Shrek 5 has apparently been in development since 2016, according to Eddie Murphy, who provides the voice of the Donkey. However, information about a new Shrek adventure has been scarce ever since, despite widespread agreement that DreamWorks is producing a new Shrek film.

Despite the lack of recent information regarding Shrek 5, the film is scheduled to return to the big screen after an absence of 11 years. After Puss in Boots from 2011, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the first theatrical release in the Shrek universe. Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and every other fairy tale characters that inhabit Shrek’s world are still in the movie, as evidenced by the fact that critics and audiences alike are praising it. The franchise may soon be returning to form as a result of Banderas’ hint that he will reprise his role as Puss in Boots for Shrek 5 & a potential Puss in Boots 3 movie.

But as of right now, it’s still unclear which way the Shrek franchise will go. Despite no longer becoming the feared monster he was in the first film, the titular ogre found a new appreciation for life at the end of the fourth Shrek movie, Shrek Forever After. Shrek 5 will need to find a way to justify its existence while also offering a fun adventure that pays homage to the vibe of the first four films given how conclusive the fourth movie was. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish might not only test the waters for the Shrek franchise’s success ten years from now, but also pave the way for Shrek 5 and the franchise’s future.

Source: Deadline