Has Pixar and DreamWorks' reign over the animated film industry come to an end? Of course not, but those two heavyweights will have to make some room for newcomer Illumination Entertainment, the company responsible for the certified hit, Despicable Me. Fingers were crossed for a $30 million opening, but the studio's first feature film wound up taking in a whopping $56.4 million. When a movie is that successful it's quite obvious what happens next: sequel talk.

As reported by Deadline, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio along with Illumination CEO, Chris Meledandri, are already hard at work on Despicable Me 2. On top of that, there's also a plan to make bank on the true stars of the film, Gru's henchmen, the minions. In addition to the sequel, the studio will develop two short films focusing on the diabolical little yellow guys. However, it's still unclear how and when these shorts will be released; they could precede future Illumination films, get a DVD release or perhaps even be broadcast on NBC.

Should the mini minion movie be shown Pixar-style before new Illumination films, they'll certainly have a number of options to choose from. In addition to breaking the news of Despicable Me 2, Deadline goes into detail about the man in charge, Meledandri. Three years ago Universal Pictures managed to coax Meledandri away from his gig at Fox Animation. Not only did Meledandri take the job for Universal, but he took a few things from Fox with him, the best of the best in available talent. From there he had those folks sign exclusive contracts and go to work in Illumination's Sanata Monica and Paris facilities.
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