The Minion film series started as a spin-off to the Despicable Me franchise but has gone ahead to become more successful than its predecessor. The first of the movie which was produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures was released in London and the United States on the 11th of June and 10th of July 2015 respectively. The film had an array of established actors in voice roles including Sandra Bullock, Allison Janney, Michael Keaton, Jon Hamman Jennifer Saunders, Steve Coogan and Pierce Coffin who doubles as the director and voice of the minions (Kevin, Bob, and Stuart). The Minion films are based on the quest of several small yellow creatures to find a leader for themselves. The first Minion was written by Brian Lynch and co-directed by Kyle Balda. Here is what you need to know about a new Minion movie.
Is There a New Minion Movie Coming Out?
The 3D computer-animated comedy movie has become the favorite of many anime lovers and has gained a massive following. Despite its mixed review by critics, the first movie went ahead to make more than $1 billion in the box office against a $74 million budget. It became the highest-grossing animated movie in 2015 and was the 5th highest-grossing movie of the same year. The animation movie had a target audience which was mostly children and family. This is definitely why it won the ‘Favourite Family Film’ category in the People’s Choice Awards amongst several nominations.
Minion (2015) raised the bar in the animated movie industry and it’s no surprise they have set out to do it again with a sequel. In 2017, it was officially announced that a new Minion movie was in the works but the title of the sequel – Minions: The Rise of Gru wasn’t revealed until May 2019.
When is it Going to be Released?
The sequel has been slated to be released 3rd of July 2020. While Kyle Bada is back as the director, he is joined this time around by Brad Ableson while Brian Lynch remains the writer. The shooting officially began in July 2018 which means the whole production will be done in two years. Although the director – Kyle Balda believes the two-year time frame is short when compared to what it takes to complete most animated movies, he also revealed that things were moving great and beginning to take shape as some parts are already being animated while some are still in the story development stage.
In terms of story development, it’s hard to conclude what the plot of the new Minion movie will be like as the directors and producers have been pretty tight-lipped about it. Judging from the way the first movie ended with a young Gru foiling the plan of Scarlet Overkill’s attempt to steal the crown of the Queen of England and the minions decision to follow him, it’s most likely that the Gru comes up with several hideous and felonious schemes especially now that he has millions of little yellow helpers.
Cast and Other Facts About the New Minion Movie
The cast for the movie has also not been confirmed but fans are hoping to see again the Overkills who are voiced by Hamm and Bullock. Other expected characters are the family that was traveling to Villain Con, especially their children.
According to their tradition, the franchise is known to produce several mini-movies which is used in the promotion of the main movie. So it’s expected that there will be a trailer before the official release date.
The first movie was groundbreaking, and the new Minion movie is set to break more records. Firstly, it is the first animated movie that has confirmed it’s British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) age rating even before the release of the trailer. It will be ‘Illumination’s first movie in 2020 although its eleventh feature film. It will also be the first-ever theatrically released animated second prequel and animated second spin-off. The new Minion movie is set to be the first of the illumination movie in 2020 that will be produced in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
After the death of John Cygan in 2017, this will be the first time any of the movies in the ‘Despicable Me‘ franchise won’t have him voicing any character. Steve Carell who is known to be the voice of the Gru from Despicable Me will continue to voice the Gru who will most likely be a teenager in the new Minion movie.