Fans waiting for the return of Gru and his lovable yellow helpers will have to wait a little longer due to some despicable real life events.

According to Variety, Minions: The Rise of Gru has shut down production amid the growing Coronavirus pandemic with animation studio Illumination shuttering its doors in France. Gru was expected to be released this July in cinemas, but because the animated feature is not yet completed, there is no current date for it to be released.


Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination made a statement regarding the closure saying; “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 joins the expanding list of upcoming releases being delayed including Black Widow, A Quiet Place Part II, No Time To Die and The New Mutants (again).

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