Meledandri left his post as President of 20th Century Fox Animation in early 2007 and founded Illumination Entertainment. By 2008, a deal was announced positioning Illumination as NBC Universal’s family entertainment arm that would produce one to two films a year starting in 2010. It is co-owned by Universal who exclusively distributes the films, but Illumination retains creative control as an independent production company.
Meledandri brought in John Cohen, with whom he worked at FOX, to head up creative, and Janet Healy, former Co-Head of Animation at DreamWorks Animation, to oversee production. Illumination’s production office is based in Santa Monica, California.
The company does not have an in-house animation studio. Instead it subscribes to a philosophy of "global film making" - contracting independent studios all over the world on a film-by-film basis. In its work, Illumination maintains creative control over development, script, marketing, publicity, and production, from under one roof but extends its reach across the globe to subcontractors which perform actual work. This is most practical in the field of animated films, since there is no need for actual sets and the presence of human actors. For instance, in the 2010 film Despicable Me, the computer graphics were subcontracted to Mac Guff studios in Paris, France.
Current projects Edit
The 3D CGI feature, Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell was released on July 9, 2010. The film earned $536 million and opening at #1 on its opening weekend. The second feature was live action/CGI hybrid called Hop, starring Russell Brand and James Marsden. and the third feature was CGI adapation of The Lorax, starring Danny DeVito.
Illumination is currently in production on Despicable Me 2, The sequel to the 2010 box office animated movie. Other films in pre-production include the animated feature adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ Flanimals books, as well as a 3D stop-motion animated film based on The Addams Family cartoons by Charles Addams, which Tim Burton will direct.
Feature films Edit
|3||The Lorax||March 2, 2012|
Short films Edit
|1||Home Makeover||December 14, 2010|
|2||Orientation Day||December 14, 2010|
|3||Banana||December 14, 2010|
|4||Phil's Dance Party||March 23, 2012|
|5||3 'The Lorax Shorts Mini Movie||August 7, 2012|
Upcoming films Edit
|Despicable Me 2||July 3, 2013|||
|Untitled 'Despicable Me' Minions spinoff||December 13, 2014|
Films in developmentEdit
- The Addams Family
- Curious George
- Untitled Cryptozoology Project
- Gospel for Teens
- Dr. Seuss biopic
- Emily the Strange
- Woody Woodpecker
- The Cat in the Hat
- Clifford the Big Red Dog
- ↑ Michael Fleming (2008-03-05). "Meledandri, Universal team on deals - Entertainment News, Exclusives, Media". Variety. Retrieved on 2010-03-26.
- ↑ Mike Fleming (2010-07-13). "Chris Meledandri's Illumination Game Plan Includes 'Despicable Me' Sequel, 'Minion' Spinoffs, Dr. Seuss, The Addams Family". Deadline. Retrieved on 2010-07-13.
- ↑ Weintraub, Steve (2011-03-19). "Exclusive: Producer Christopher Meledandri on CURIOUS GEORGE, Tim Burton’s ADDAMS FAMILY, FLANIMALS & THE LORAX". Collider.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.