New 'Grinch' Movie Will Be an Origin Story

Illumination Entertainment's animated film The Grinch, which is set to open Nov. 9, won't just be a remake of the 1966 TV classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Instead, the pic will be an origin story about Dr. Seuss' iconic sourpuss, Illumination's head Chris Meledandri said Wednesday during Universal's slate presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

"This original story is filled with imaginative imagery and has tremendous heart," he said, unveiling a new trailer which shows The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his faithful dog Max in snowy Whoville.

Meledandri emphasized that Illumination — the studio that he launched with 2010's Despicable Me, which birthed the Minions — has generated $6 billion at the worldwide box office.

He also touched on the upcoming The Secret Life of Pets 2 (due out June 7, 2019), with an introduction by Kevin Hart and TIffany Haddish and news that Harrison Ford will join the cast; and Sing 2 (Dec. 25, 2020), which is in the early stages of production. Two all-new undisclosed Illumination projects are also set to arrive in 2021.