The producers of the fourth Shrek movie—officially called Shrek Forever After but promoted as Shrek: The Final Chapter—is definitely the final film for the jolly green ogre as far as DreamWorks is concerned.
But the famous voice cast and creators of the hit franchise say they'd be up for another movie, even if it happens in another decade or so.
"I've been on all four Shreks for 12 years, and on May 21 [the release date] I'm not getting paid anymore," said executive producer Aron Warner, who won an Academy Award for the first Shrek (for best animated feature). "It is definitely our intent that it's the last film."
The cast and crew spoke at a press conference late Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here's the official description of Shrek Forever After:
After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What's happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
Though the film is supposed to be the last chapter in the saga, the stars said they'd love to do more.
"I'm in!" said an enthusiastic Cameron Diaz, who voices Princess Fiona.
"Sure, I just play the voice of Shrek," said Mike Myers. "I just can't believe there's a final chapter movie."
Diaz added, "It's like if somebody asked me, 'Are you going to do Charlie's Angels 10 years from now?' I'd go, 'What? It's a little bit different fitting in those tight pants from 10 years ago.' But Shrek, of course, it's just that we get to go back to whatever they will be 10 years from now, and hopefully we won't have to wait that long, Jeffrey Katzenberg," adds Diaz, referring to the DreamWorks chief.
Antonio Banderas, who voices Puss in Boots in all of the films, added, "Well, it's sad on one side, but very satisfying, because the four movies with Shrek is actually even playing against pop culture, and it became pop culture itself."
Banderas' character does have a spinoff movie in the works. "Yes, the cat's going to continue now on its own, and I hope it goes well," he said. "But it's totally different. What we're doing so far doesn't involve the same plot or process than at Shrek. It goes in a different energy. It's a lot of fun, too, but it's in a different context."
Shrek 4 director Mike Mitchell said, "We're bringing the Shrek movies to a satisfying conclusion. Puss in Boots is a spinoff, kind of like The Jeffersons was to All in the Family."
Shrek Forever After opens on Friday in 3-D.