From a flying talking donkey to a family of ducks on a wild trip, Illumination Entertainment keeps on producing record-breaking films. With their latest addition, Migration, set to hit the screens in 2023, it seems like the animation studio is not slowing down anytime soon. A lot of rumors are circulating about Illumination’s future projects, including Despicable Me 4, a Shrek spin-off, and The Secret Life of Pets 3 among others.
List of Illumination Entertainment Movies That Are Confirmed Starting With Despicable Me 4
One of the most anticipated movies from the studio is Despicable Me 4, which is already in development. The franchise, which started over a decade ago with Despicable Me, has become one of the highest-grossing animated movie franchises of all time. The third installment, released in 2017, earned over a billion dollars and showed the characters maturing and uniting as a family. According to Steve Carell, the voice of Gru, Despicable Me 4 could continue where the third installment left off by showing how the family is learning to function as a team. With the anti-villain league and the kids incorporated into the story, it’s bound to be another fun ride.
Trolls 3 Introduces New Characters and Relationships
Another confirmed upcoming Illumination Entertainment project is Trolls Band Together, already being titled Trolls 3, set to be released sometime in the future. Given the success of Trolls and Trolls World Tour, the third installment will likely break records as well. The short teaser trailer already released showed that two of the main characters, Poppy and Branch, are now officially a couple.
The Secret Life of Pets 3 Script in Early Stages of Production
Another franchise that is set to continue with Illumination is The Secret Life of Pets 3. While the script is in its early stages, the CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, has confirmed that they will introduce new characters and continue with the original cast ensemble, comprising the likes of Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, and Jenny Slate.
Moving on to the star of the show, Migration, set to hit the screens in 2023. The story revolves around a family of ducks who convince their overprotective father to go on a wild trip. The film is directed by Benjamin Renner and penned by Mike White, known for his work on The White Lotus. The CEO of Illumination has stated that Migration is a film that will explore the comedic tone while giving audiences a memorable film experience. The animation studio is not taking any chances, and if Migration is successful, it is likely that the franchise will have sequels.
Illumination Entertainment Shrek 5 Will Reunite Original Cast
Let’s not forget about Illumination’s flagship franchise, Shrek. Fans have been eagerly waiting for news about Shrek 5, and Chris Meledandri has confirmed that the studio is already looking for ways to make it happen. The only condition put forth by Chris, and an essential one at that, is to bring back the entire voice cast, including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy. In addition, there is also a donkey-led project in the works, given the success of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, another spin-off project from Shrek.
In conclusion, under the leadership of Chris Meledandri, Illumination Entertainment has been growing from strength to strength. With a knack for producing visually appealing and engaging animated films that appeal to both adults and kids, it’s no surprise that fans eagerly await the studio’s future projects. From the ever-present Despicable Me franchise to new additions like Trolls and Migration, there is something for everyone. As for the beloved Shrek franchise, it seems like we may finally get our wish for a buzzworthy Shrek 5 sequel soon.