Illumination/Universal Set Dates for ‘Migration’ and ‘Despicable 4’
Illumination and Universal have announced the release dates for their upcoming animated films Migration (June 30, 2023) and Despicable Me 4 (July 23, 2024).
Migration is an original animated feature film, written by Mike White (School of Rock, The White Lotus) and directed by Benjamin Renner (Ernest and Celestine, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales) and produced by Illumination founder Chris Meledandri. The plot is described as a modern comedy about a family of ducks, led by an overprotective father, who attempt to have an unforgettable vacation, as they fly from New England to New York, with the Bahamas as their final destination. The film will open June 30, 2023 against Disney’s fifth Indiana Jones film.
Illumination has more familiar plans for July 23, 2024 with the fourth installment of the Despicable Me franchise, which stars Steve Carell as the evil mastermind Gru who leads the popular Yellow Minions gang. Despicable Me 4 will feature the voices of Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove and Steve Coogan. Enlightenment veteran Chris Renaud (Despicable Me 1 and 2, The Lorax, The secret life of pets 1 and 2) returns as director, with animation director Patrick Delage (To sing, Sing 2Tthe secret life of pets 2). Mike White is writing the screenplay and Meledandri is also producing.
lighting Minions: The Rise of Gru will be released this summer on July 1st. Despicable Me and Minions the films are among the most popular animated titles in the world. Together, they grossed over $37 billion at the worldwide box office. (Minions is number 22 on the list of highest-grossing films of all time, with over $1,250,444,662 in sales.)