Dates confirmed for Despicable Me 3 and The Grinch

16 Jan 2014 - 06:30
Despicable Me 2

Three new animated films from Illumination Entertainment are confirmed: and the minions of Despicable Me are returning again...

In a surprise to nobody, Universal has officially confirmed that Despicable Me 3 is happening. The second film, Despicable Me 2, has currently notched up $935m at the worldwide box office, and sold more than a few copies on DVD and Blu-ray too. The first spin-off from the series, The Minions Movie, is arriving in July 2015. And now we've got an official release date for Despicable Me 3 too. The movie will be arriving in cinemas on June 30th 2017.

Those aren't the only animated projects in the works at Illumination Entertainment though. For the firm is working on a previously-announced animated take on Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Granted, it's been animated before, and Ron Howard made a hugely successful live action take on the book, also for Universal. But the new version, which promises to be "newly-imagined" (Hollywood's current bullshit phrase for covering the same story again) is set to arrive on November 17th 2017.

Finally, a more mysterious Illumination production is coming from Garth Jennings, who previously brought live action projects The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Son Of Rambow to the screen. His new film is "an original animated comedy about courage, competition and carrying a tune". It's currently without a title, but it does have a release date. You can expect it, whatever it is, on December 21st 2016.

More on all of those as we hear things.

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