Universal Sets Release Date for 'Despicable Me' Spin-Off Project

Despicable Me
Universal Pictures

"There’s room in the marketplace for all these movies because as long as these movies are really good and satisfying to the audience, it expands. The perception that one company's success was going to mean that another company was suffering -- that's been dispelled." -- Despicable Me producer Chris Meledandri.


The untitled minions project will be out in theaters December 2014.

Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that its Untitled Minions Project, a spin-off from its successful Despicable Me franchise, will be released Dec. 19, 2014.

Despicable Me, from Illumination Entertainment, grossed $543 million worldwide when it was released in 2010, and a sequel Despicable Me 2 will hit theaters next summer on July 3, 2013.

Although a plot line hasn't been revealed for the spin-off movie, it will focus on the little yellow creatures that have proven so popular. 

The 3D-CG comedy adventure will be produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy and will be directed by Pierre Coffin. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay, which will be co-directed by Kyle Balda. Chris Renaud will serve as executive producer.