Despicable Me 4 Already Has A Clear Advantage Over Past Franchise Movies

Summary

  • The Despicable Me 4 trailer suggests it could be the franchise’s best movie yet, with a fresh storyline focusing on fatherhood and a more promising script.
  • The screenplay for Despicable Me 4 is co-written by Ken Daurio, who knows the characters well, and Mike White, a renowned screenwriter known for crafting three-dimensional characters and emotionally compelling stories.
  • Mike White’s involvement could potentially save the Despicable Me franchise, bringing his master storytelling abilities and family movie expertise to create a funny and engaging story worthy of the original classic.


The Despicable Me 4 trailer has dropped, and it looks like it could be one of the franchise’s best movies to date, which is likely due to a huge behind-the-scenes advantage this one has over its predecessors. Despicable Me 4 sees Gru and his wife Lucy adjusting to having a new baby in the house, Gru, Jr., and the challenges of raising a boy alongside their three adopted girls: Margo, Edith, and Agnes. After a lackluster threequel, Despicable Me 4 seems like a return to form.

The trailer for Despicable Me 4 teases a fresh storyline looking at the franchise’s theme of fatherhood from an interesting new angle as Gru struggles to connect with his newborn son. The voice cast can always be counted on to knock these movies out of the park, but they’re often let down by a mediocre script. Fortunately, Despicable Me 4 doesn’t seem to have that problem, and it should come as no surprise considering the heavyweight talent credited on its script.


Despicable Me 4 Is Written By White Lotus Creator Mike White

The screenplay for Despicable Me 4 is credited to Ken Daurio, who worked on the scripts for all the previous Despicable Me movies, and Mike White, the creator of HBO’s wildly acclaimed anthology series The White Lotus. Daurio knows these characters better than anyone, having told their story from the very beginning, so he’ll ensure that the fourth movie doesn’t betray who they are. But the really exciting writing credit here is White, one of the greatest screenwriters working today.

Throughout his storied Hollywood career, White has written such scripts as The Good Girl, Beatriz at Dinner, and Brad’s Status, which all did a terrific job of rounding out a cast of three-dimensional characters and weaving laugh-out-loud comedic moments into an emotionally compelling dramatic story. After his Emmy-winning work on The White Lotus, White could have any screenwriting gig he wants. The only reason he would take on Despicable Me 4 is if he really had something to say with it.

Why Mike White Could Save The Despicable Me Franchise

A dog looks angrily at Gru in Despicable Me 4

White’s talents as a screenwriter could be just what the Despicable Me franchise needs to get out of its post-threequel slump. His work on The White Lotus has proven that he’s a master storyteller, able to bring characters to life and thread powerful themes and commentary through their stories, and he’s already family movie royalty for writing School of Rock. With White working on the script, Despicable Me 4 could finally be a funny, moving, engaging story worthy of the instant classic original movie.