Shrek To Return For Puss In Boots 2?

Antonio Banderas drops a heavy hint

Shrek Forever After may have proclaimed itself ‘the final chapter’ back in 2010, but the jovial green swamp-dweller may not be finished on the big screen. According to Antonio Banderas, the man behind DreamWorks Animation’s feline-focused spin-off, a return for Mike Myers and Shrek is on the table for Puss In Boots 2. "I heard some rumours that Shrek my be coming back,” Banderas tells the Empire podcast.

Puss In Boots was of course, a Shrek-free affair that spun out of the series to the tune of $550 million worldwide. A sequel has been germinating for some time already, although, as Banderas points out, “the process for these movies are way longer than people think”.

"They are restructuring the script now," he reveals. "We started… but that’s the process. A lot of people participate in the creation of the script and the story and the narrative, everything. And they include you! They take you to California and you read the script with them, give them your ideas, and a couple of months later you see a new script where everything has been touched [up]."

We respect ourselves far too much to suggest that a Shrek return is ogre-due, but Banderas is certainly keen. "That would be great,” he enthused, launching into full Puss-In-Boots voice. "Shrek doing a cameo… in MY movie? Uh, huh! Yeah, I’d like that.”

Click here for the full Empire podcast interview and much more from Banderas on Puss In Boots, SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water, Zorro, The Skin I Live In and much else besides.