In the midst of films and TV shows having to shut down, we have our first mid-summer movie delay: Minions: The Rise Of Gru.
Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions: The Rise Of Gru has been pulled from its mid-July release date. Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri said this in a 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 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.
No More Minions, But Until When?
This delay actually shocks and surprises me. This wasn’t planned to be released until July 3, so for it to get pulled months before its planned release suggests fears of a longer delay. Although, of course, protecting workers now is perfectly understandable. Universal and Illumination have yet to comment about a new release date, so we will have to see when the time comes.