Universal and Illumination Plan 'Despicable Me' Spin-Off for Minions

July 23, 2012


A sequel to the animated hit Despicable Me from Universal and Illumination Entertainment is coming next summer, but the plan for another movie is already in the works. However, rather than being just another sequel, Deadline has word that a spin-off featuring only The Minions, the gibberish speaking, yellow-suited creatures who work for the villainous Gru (Steve Carell), is in development as the fifth feature film from illumination that is looking to be released sometime in 2014. So how exactly is a feature length film going to work out with these obnoxious, non-sensical little creatures as the lead characters? Read on!

For your reference, here's the teaser trailer for Despicable Me 2, complete with gibberish singing:

Details are scarce on the plot of the spin-off, but the script from Brian Lynch (who worked on Puss in Boots and Hop previously) is said to have found a way around the fact these little creatures don't speak English. Perhaps some sort of invention from Dr. Nefario, voiced by Russell Brand, makes this possible? After all, the film is said to bring back some other characters from Despicable Me, along with all new ones as well. As for the talent behind the film, Pierre Coffin (who co-directed the first Despicable Me and its sequel with Chris Renaud) and Kyle Balda (who co-directed The Lorax with Renaud as well) are sharing directing responsibilities on the film that will come very quickly after the Despicable Me sequel, at least by animation standards. I have faith in Lynch's writing, and as long as the film delivers more of what audiences loved about The Minions the first time around, I think it will be a success.

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