"Minions" won't be coming to the big screen in Christmas 2014 like it was originally scheduled. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment decide to postpone the "Despicable Me" spin-off from its initial December 19, 2014 date to the summer of July 10, 2015.
Illumination additionally holds back its Untitled Illumination Project in 3D. Initially set to be released in theaters on the Independence Day holiday of July 3, 2015, the pic is now planned for February 12, 2016.
The "Minions" delay will leave the studio, who scored big this summer with "Despicable Me 2", with no animation tentpole next year. It came on heels of Disney's similar move to postpone "The Good Dinosaur" to fall 2015, ultimately emptying 2014 calendar from any Pixar release.
Centering on Gru's yellow henchmen, "Minions" is directed by Pierre Coffin who helmed the first two "Despicable Me" movies where the characters were introduced. Brian Lynch ("Puss in Boots") pens the script, while Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm are among the voice cast.
Summer 2015 itself is crowded with potential blockbusters, such as "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (May 1), "Terminator" reboot (July 1), "Man of Steel 2" (July 17), and "Ant-Man" (July 31). J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars Episode 7" is due in the jam-packed season as well.