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The closure of activities in France blocks Minions 2
March 20, 2020
The closure of activities in France blocks Minions 2
Universal Pictures and its animation studios Illumination have announced today to move the release of the animated film Minions - The Rise of Gru.
Universal planned to release the film written by Cinco Paul and directed by Kyle Balda and Brad Ableson in early June in the USA (summer in other territories), but with the total blockage of activities in France due to the coronavirus pandemic it compromised everything.

Although the Illumination studios are American, the animations are created in France, in Paris at Illumination Mac Guff.

Christopher Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, released the following statement this afternoon: "In response to the severity of the situation in France, we are temporarily closing our Illumination Mac Guff studio in Paris. With this decision we are abiding by the French Government's guidelines and doing everything possible to slow the spread of the virus as we care for our artists and their families. This means we will be unable to finish Minions: The Rise of Gru in time for our planned global releases in late June and early July. While we all grapple with the enormity of this crisis, we must put the safety and protection of our employees above all. We look forward to finding a new release date for the return of Gru and the Minions."

The Universal has already planned the release on streaming platforms for Trolls World Tour, the latest animated feature by the studios DreamWorks Animation (now owned by Universal) which will therefore not see the light in cinemas.

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[ Fra - source CartoonBrew ]
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