‘Minions’ Animation Studio Illumination to Develop ‘Johnny Express’ Feature Based on South Korean Short (Video)

Deal with Kyungmin Woo’s Mofac Alfred studio comes as new film in “Despicable Me” franchise hits theaters

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Illumination Entertainment, the production company behind “Minions” and the “Despicable Me” films, has signed a first-look deal with South Korean animation studio Mofac Alfred, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The deal includes Illumination optioning the rights to the animated short “Johnny Express,” which was written and directed by Mofac’s head Kyungmin Woo.

“Johnny Express” is the story of a delivery man in space. Every time he tries to deliver a package, hilarious mishaps occur.

Mofac Alfred is one of Korea’s leading animation and motion graphic production companies. The company currently works on both films and commercials.

Meanwhile, “Minions” is poised to crush its competition at the box office this weekend, with analysts projecting it will open to the tune of $100 million.

Illumination’s founder Chris Meledandri also masterminded the “Despicable Me” films, which have grossed over $1.5 billion combined.

Watch “Johnny Express” below: