Times are tough now for movie studios thanks to the rising coronavirus outbreak, with production on movies shut down and movie releases delayed. This time, the latest film to be delayed is none other than Universal’s Minions sequel, The Rise of Gru.
The film will be the first summer movie to be affected by COVID-19, as it was slated to be released on 3 July 2020. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures and its Illumination Entertainment subsidiary.
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.
Minions: The Rise of Gru’s delay will also mark Hollywood’s first release delay due to the shutdown of a production company as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Other films that are affected by COVID-19 includes Universal’s Trolls World Tour which will be going straight to home entertainment sources, as well as MGM’s No Time to Die, and a number of other films and TV shows.
No new release date for Minions: The Rise of Gru has been set as of yet.