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Minions: The Rise of Gru and Sing 2 Release Dates, Wicked Pushed Back

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Universal Pictures has set new release dates for Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru and Sing 2, while Wicked fans will have to wait even longer for the movie adaptation.

Minions: The Rise of Gru, which was previously scheduled to be released on July 3, 2020, will now come to theaters on Friday, July 2, 2021. The studio had recently said that the movie wouldn’t be able to make the release this summer due to current events.

Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination, said: “In response to the severity of the situation in France, we are temporarily closing our Illumination Mac Guff studio in Paris. With this decision we are abiding by the French Government’s guidelines and doing everything possible to slow the spread of the virus as we care for our artists and their families.”

He added: “This means we will be unable to finish Minions: The Rise of Gru in time for our planned global releases in late June and early July. While we all grapple with the enormity of this crisis, we must put the safety and protection of our employees above all. We look forward to finding a new release date for the return of Gru and the Minions.”

Minions: The Rise of Gru is the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. Steve Carell will return as the voice of Gru.

Teeming with Illumination’s signature subversive humor, pop-culture sophistication, full-hearted emotion, bold music sensibility, and over-the-top action, Minions: The Rise of Gru is steered by the franchise’s original creators.

The film is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborators Janet Healy and Chris Renaud and is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda (Despicable Me 3, Minions). The co-directors are Brad Ableson (The Simpsons) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets films).

The first film (buy at Amazon), which is a spin-off prequel to the Despicable Me franchise, earned an impressive $1.159 billion at the worldwide box office in 2015.

Illumination's Sing

Previously scheduled for July 2, 2021, Sing 2 will now open in theaters on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. The first movie opened in theaters in December of 2016 and grossed $634.2 million at the worldwide box office.

In the sequel, Buster, Meena, Rosita, Gunter, Johnny and Ash prepare for a bigger stage and a brighter spotlight as they leave the Moon Theater for the big city. From Illumination comes the follow-up to its smash all-audience event film about the transformative power of music.

The next chapter in the blockbuster series from writer/director Garth Jennings welcomes back Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll and Tori Kelly.

Wicked Musical

With Sing 2 taking the December 22, 2021 release date, Universal is pushing back the Wicked movie to a later date. We’ll have to wait and see when that will be.

Wicked is the feature-film adaptation of the musical phenomenon seen by more than 50 million fans around the world. The unforgettable characters and gravity-defying songs of the beloved hit The New York Times called “the defining musical of the decade” come to the big screen as the untold story of the Witches of Oz becomes the movie event that will change audiences for good.

Wicked will be brought to the screen by visionary director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Bridge of Spies). The three-time Tony Award-winning stage musical was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel by book writer Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and three-time Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin), who are also collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.

Wicked is produced on Broadway by Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

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Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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