“Austin Powers” Scribe Michael McCullers Tapped to Pen “Shrek 5”

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DreamWorks Animation appears to be moving forward with , a continuation of its venerable fairy tale franchise with the news that Austin Powers screenwriter has been brought in to pen the script. Trolls co-directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, who have worked on previous Shrek films, broke the news, but neither so far are officially attached to direct the latest installment.

The Shrek series, which features the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz, centers on the cantankerous ogre, his princess bride, and his donkey sidekick and their adventures in a land where fairy tales rule. There are no details yet as to the story of Shrek 5.

Shrek 5 was first announced after NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation with the intent of greenlighting two animated features per yer. Although Shrek Forever After was reported to be a potential bookend to the franchise, the total international box office of $1.5 billion between five films (including 2011’s spin-off Puss in Boots) always suggested otherwise.

McCullers, an SNL veteran, is the screenwriter of Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. He wrotes the scripts to the comedies Undercover Brother, Inspector Gadget, and wrote and directed the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler flick Baby Mama. McCullers adapted The Boss Baby for DreamWorks featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin, due in theaters in 2017.

McCullers is repped by .

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This news was first reported by Hollywood News.

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