Despicable Me 4: Director Chris Renaud Teases New Adventures and Viral Inspirations

Chris Renaud Discusses Mega Minions, Gru's Journey, and the Influence of the 'Gentleminions' Trend

The excitement surrounding Despicable Me 4 continues to build as director Chris Renaud shares insights into the upcoming film. In a recent interview, Renaud teased new adventures, character developments, and the impact of the viral “Gentleminions” trend on the beloved franchise. The film produced by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures released on July 3 in the U.S.

Chirs Renaud revealed that the fourth instalment of the Despicable Me series will delve deeper into the personal journey of Gru, the reformed villain voiced by Steve Carell. “When we evolved the villain into a high school rival, that was something we had come back to Mike (screenwriter) with, actually,” Renaud answered. “Ken Daurio, one of the original writers of the first three Despicable Me films, came on and helped us on the second part of the process,” the Academy-Award nominee added.

One of the exciting additions to Despicable Me 4 is the introduction of “Mega Minions,” new characters that promise to bring fresh dynamics and comedy to the story. “The Mega-Minion thing was something that came up later as we were trying to figure out what to do with the Minions, and then we really developed the idea with storyboarding and animation,” Chris Renaud told The Hollywood Reporter.

The director also addressed the unexpected yet delightful “Gentleminions” trend that took TikTok by storm last year. The trend saw groups of young men dressing up in suits to attend screenings of Minions: The Rise of Gru, creating a viral sensation. Renaud expressed his amazement at the phenomenon. “The suits on the Minions were probably more of a nod to Men in Black than thinking of GentleMinions specifically,” he remarked. Acknowledging this viral moment, Renaud shared his experience of meeting the minions’ fans and mentioned, “It’s very gratifying.”

As the fourth instalment releases, fans are eagerly anticipating the return of Gru, the Minions, and the new characters set to join the franchise. Despicable Me 4 is poised to deliver a blend of familiar charm and fresh excitement, ensuring it remains a favourite among audiences of all ages. In the words of Chris Renaud, “Get ready for more Minions, more laughs, and a lot of surprises.” The film promises to be another memorable chapter in the “Despicable Me” saga, capturing the hearts of fans old and new.

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