Minions: The Rise of Gru revealed as Minions sequel title
Universal Pictures has revealed that Illumination’s Minions 2 is titled Minions: The Rise of Gru. The sequel will release in theaters on Friday, July 3, 2020, and will be directed by Kyle Balda (Minions) and Brad Ableson.
The title sounds like the sequel may center on Gru’s (voiced by Steve Carrell) origin story and how the yellow minions initially became the henchmen of the Despicable Me supervillain. The end of 2015’s Minions featured an appearance by Gru as a young boy.
Minions earned $1.159 billion globally in 2015 and is still 11th on the all-time worldwide blockbuster list. In the film, Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history’s most despicable villains. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes—Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—embark on a journey to find a new big boss. When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind… from annihilation.
Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s, Minions was produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy and was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch wrote the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud served as executive producer of the film.