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.