Universal, Illumination schedule 'Despicable Me 3,' new take on 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'

By Daniel S Levine,

The Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas is about to get the movie treatment again, but this time it will thankfully be in the form of an animated film. Universal, which did release the Jim Carrey live-action hit, and its in-house animation studio Illumination Entertainment will develop the project. It won’t hit theaters until fall 2017, though.

Grinch will be Illumination’s second Seuss film, following the successful 2012 The Lorax. TheWrap reports that it will be released before the studio’s The Cat In The Hat, which is also in development. It’s also worth noting that Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri made Horton Hears A Who! while at Fox’s Blue Sky.

Pete Candeland was tapped to direct Grinch. It will be released on Nov. 17, 2017, 17 years after the live-action film. Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree) is writing and the producers are Meledandri and Janet Healy. Audrey Geisel, Seuss’ widow, is an executive producer.

Before Grinch, though, Illumination has to finish a third Despicable Me film. That is scheduled for June 30, 2017. There is also another untitled Illumination project on tap for Dec. 21, 2016.

On top of that, a Despicable Me spinoff starring the Minions is set for July 2015.

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