Illumination Entertainment has struck a deal with Greg Kalleres, as reported by Deadline. The contract has been signed and will be an overall writing deal, though, it isn’t clear what it is they’re planning on doing with it just yet.
As of now, Kalleres is tied to a handful of projects including Sony’s The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up. The movie is based on the bestselling non-fiction novel of the same name where a firefighter named Donny Herbert found himself in a vegetative state after a roof collapsed on him. He spent nearly a decade incapable of communicating with his family until one day he miraculously was able to talk.
Kalleres is also working on Our Condolences which is set to be produced by Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell under their Gloria Sanchez Productions label. Dan Rush will be directing as Ferrell himself is starring.
The playwright isn’t just known for those roles, he has a good history of comedy, too. He even won an Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award for his satirical comedy, Honky. He’s also grown in popularity with his other award-winning plays, Wrecked and Apropos of Nothing.
“This kid just stole something from the worst villains in the world.”
This overall writing deal with Kalleres comes at the heels as Illumination Entertainment revealed its next animated movie to release, Minions: The Rise of Gru. They struck gold with the Steve Carell-starring film series, Despicable Me, and ran with it, not knowing when to completely stop.
Of all its characters to garner attention, Gru’s little, yellow, gibberish-speaking minions quickly turned into something people either hated or loved, likely based on how often you see the yellow creatures on your Facebook wall. But, even so, it proved lucrative enough to warrant a film based on the journey they went through to find a master that can survive their antics.
On top of The Rise of Gru, Illumination Entertainment is also tied to the animated Mario movie.
Whether this means Illumination will be given the option to make a movie based on his scripts or whether he’ll be hired on to write scripts for them is unclear.