Illumination/Universal’s ‘Rise of Gru,’ ‘Sing 2’ Pushed Back to 2021

Having last week pulled the upcoming latest installment of top-grossing animation franchise, Minions: The Rise of Gru, from its summer release window, Illumination/Universal has announced new dates for its next two flicks for next year.

Illumination’s Paris studio Mac Guff has been temporarily closed due to the coronavirus lockdown in France.

Minions: The Rise of Gru is now slated for July 2, 2021, taking Sing 2‘s slot and bumping the musical animal sequel to December 22, 2021.

As a result, Universal has removed the film adaptation of three-time Tony-winning musical Wicked from its Christmas 2021 window and is determining a new release date. The studio previously announced shifts for tentpole releases: the offshore debut of new James Bond installment No Time to Die is on hold and the new Fast & Furious, F9, is pushed to April 2, 2021 (Easter weekend).

Sony announced delays to its release slate, including hybrid sequel Peter Rabbit 2, earlier this week.

[Source: Deadline]

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