Background Information

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru is the second prequel and the fifth film in Universal’s extremely successful Despicable Me franchise and is made by animation studio Illumination. 
  • The first Minions movie made a massive $1.1 billion at the global box office and is considered a very important release for the studio. 
  • AMC Theaters announced U.S. locations will be closed to mid-June and could impact multiple summer releases. 
  • Universal delayed their big release F9 to April 2nd, 2021. 


Universal Pictures and Illumination have announced via TheHollywoodReporter that they won’t be able to make their July 3rd release date for animated film Minions: The Rise of Gru. 

Illumination is closing their Paris office which directly impacts their ability to work on the post-production on the film. Making Minions 2 the first big studio film to cite post-production delays as a reason for not being able to hit their scheduled release date. 

Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri made this following statement. 

“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. This means we will be unable to finish Missions: 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.”

Why It’s Important & Takeaways (!!!)

Illumination won’t be able to complete the film to make that July 3rd release date and they haven’t given it a new date. 

This is the second big release from Universal to be moved due to the coronavirus. 

This could be a sign of things to come with other big summer movies and the June 12th release of the horror flick Candyman could be next. 

In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions. 

When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar® winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

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