The Minions sequel becomes the latest victims of the coronavirus pandemic
Another day, another film gets postponed, this time it’s from Universal Pictures and Illumination as those lovable little yellow villains have had their film withdrawn from the release calendar. ‘Minions: The Rise Of Gru‘ joins the likes of ‘Black Widow‘, ‘Mulan‘ and the rest in losing its release date and like most of the films that have been postponed so far, a new release date hasn’t been announced. In a statement regarding the postponement, founder and the CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledadri revealed:
“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 (Corona) 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”
The film stars the vocal talents this time around of Steve Carell once again reprising his role of Gru, Alan Arkin, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, Faraji P. Henson, Danny Trejo, Lucy Lawless, Julie Andrews, Dolph Lundgren and of course, Russell Brand once again voicing Dr. Nefario.
So, that’s another film that won’t be seen this year at the moment. To be honest, it can only be a matter of time before we lose ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘. The surprise is they haven’t been pulled already but perhaps Paramount and Warner Brothers are hoping that the rumors of the worst being over by the end of June turn out to be true and that’s why they are holding off postponing the films. But sadly, in this time of needing a damn good chuckle and something to cheer us up, the Minions won’t be around to provide us with it. We will keep you up to date on any further developments.
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