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08/22/2012 09:51 am ET

Minions Get 'Despicable Me' Spin-Off In 2014

This computer generated concept rendering released by Universal Orlando shows a scene from the planned Universal attraction,
This computer generated concept rendering released by Universal Orlando shows a scene from the planned Universal attraction, "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem." The new attraction is expected to open this summer at Universal Studios Florida. The ride replaces Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast simulator and will utilize a sophisticated digital 3-D projection system. (AP Photo/Universal Orlando)

The Minions are back.

A "Despicable Me" spinoff, currently dubbed the "Untitled Minions Project," is in the works, Universal Pictures announced Tuesday. The film is slated for a Dec. 19, 2014 release date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The spinoff will feature everyone's favorite Minons from the 2010 box office hit, taking advantage of those kooky yellow creatures in settings with human characters.

It will be produced by Illumination Entertainment's Chris Meledandri, marking the fifth project in Illumination's partnership with Universal, according to Deadline.com.

The original "Despicable Me" was a huge hit in 2010, raking in $60.1 million after its box office debut and surpassed expectations based on pre-release surveys, according to the Los Angeles Times. It was the biggest opening for an original animated movie not by Pixar or DreamWorks Animation, making Universal's Illumination Entertainment a hefty contender.

The Minions were a huge part of the initial success, as Universal's marking focused on the plump yellow sidekicks. The little guys attracted fans of all ages. About 45% of ticket buyers on opening weekend were not families with children younger than 12, the L.A. Times reported.

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