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Minions: The Rise of Gru Pushed Back Due to Illumination Closing

Universal Pictures is pushing back the release date for Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, which was previously set for a Friday, July 3, 2020 debut. A new release date will be announced at a later time.

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, which is a spin-off prequel to the Despicable Me franchise, earned an impressive $1.159 billion at the worldwide box office in 2015.

In the first film (buy at Amazon), Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history’s most despicable villains. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes—Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—embark on a journey to find a new big boss.

When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind… from annihilation.

Before Minions opened, there had already been three Despicable Me movies featuring Steve Carell’s Gru (buy all three at Amazon). The first movie opened in 2010 and grossed $543.1 million worldwide. The sequel debuted in 2013 and earned $970.8 million globally. And the third movie came to theaters in 2017 and brought in $1.035 billion.

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