Minions: The Rise of Gru is steered by the franchise’s original creators. The movie 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. The co-directors are Brad Abelson, The Simpsons and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets films).
Minions: The Rise of Guru has become the first summer movie to postponed as a result of the COVID-19. Universal Pictures and its illumination Entertainment subsidiary announced the postponement of the animated sequel, previously set for a July 3 release in the U.S saying it had no date set.
The marks Hollywood’s first release delay as a result of a production shutdown. Many expect a cascade of such delays as shows and movies stop production to slow the spread of the virus.
In 2017, the show of Illumination Despicable Me movies all told because of the top-grossing animated movie franchise ever worldwide. Now, It becomes a question of finishing and finding the right date for Gru, something the industry overall is grappling with myriad titles in unprecedented times.
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 the 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.