You Knew It Was Coming– DM3

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despicable_me_3Uni­ver­sal announced the release date for the fol­low up to the Academy-Award nom­i­nated Despi­ca­ble Me 2; Despi­ca­ble Me 3 will hit the­aters on June 30, 2017. No other infor­ma­tion for the film, like cast or sto­ry­line have been announced. Two other films were announced at thew same time– an orig­i­nal story and a reboot of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The Despi­ca­ble Me fran­chise is built around the cen­tral char­ac­ter of Gru, a reformed evil sci­en­tist once bent on tak­ing over the world, now just try­ing to get his three daugh­ters to bed on time. Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) was joined by Lucy (Kris­ten Wiig) in Despi­ca­ble Me 2, but there is no word if either are return­ing for Despi­ca­ble Me 3.

The big sur­prise in the announce­ment was the reboot of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas!, to be directed by vet­eran ani­ma­tor Pete Can­de­land and sched­uled for release Nov. 17, 2017. Illu­mi­na­tion has been pro­duc­ing a lot of Dr. Seuss sto­ries recently, in a tick-tock arrange­ment with the DM films. This will be the third remake of this clas­sic tale, that was orig­i­nally done so well by Chuck Jones in 1966, and then remade in a live-action film best forgotten.

The third film is as yet unti­tled, and described as described as an “orig­i­nal ani­mated com­edy event about courage, com­pe­ti­tion and car­ry­ing a tune.” It will be writ­ten and directed by music video director-turned-film direc­tor Garth Jen­nings  and pro­duced by Chris Meledan­dri and Janet Healy.  The film is sched­uled for release Dec. 21, 2016.

There is also a DM spin-off in the works. The Min­ions is cur­rently slated for a July 10, 2015 release, pushed back from a 2014 release last Sep­tem­ber. In addi­tion to the epony­mous yel­low crea­tures, the film will star San­dra Bol­lock as the villainess.

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