Back to the Gru-ture.
What was the highest grossing film in the UK in 2013? Was it Iron Man 3? Perhaps Gravity? Or was it a film about an animated super-villain with a nondescript foreign accent and his band of tiny yellow minions?
Yes, Despicable Me 2 was the UK's favourite film of last year, adding £43m to an overall haul of nearly a $1bn worldwide. With such impressive numbers, a sequel seemed all but inevitable.
That's now been confirmed, and Despicable Me 3 is scheduled to be released in June 2017.
Also confirmed is the first spin-off movie from the franchise, which will star the perennially popular Minions in their own standalone adventure. The Minions Movie, as it is inventively called, will hit screens in summer 2015.
In addition to the Gru-niverse, Illumination Entertainment, the Universal-owned animation studio which produces the Despicable Me films, also confirmed production on two other projects.
First, a remake - sorry, "newly-imagined" take - on classic Dr Seuss tale How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the festive favourite previously seen in a couple of 2D animated TV movies in the 1980s and a live-action romp (with Jim Carrey) in 2000.
And second, an intriguing project from Brit director Garth Jennings, he of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (currently playing on Sky Movies) and Son Of Rambow fame. His new film is "an original animated comedy about courage, competition and carrying a tune".
That project doesn't currently have a title, but is set to be released in December 2016.
[Source: Den Of Geek]