Looks like Hello Kitty‘s finally hitting the big screen after 6 years in development.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, animators Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda will helm the adaptation. The film will be a mix of live action and animation.
Jennifer Coyle previously worked on Harley Quinn and Bob’s Burgers, two well-known animated series. Leo Matsuda has several Disney CG titles such as Big Hero 6 and Zootopia under his belt. To add to that, the Academy Awards shortlisted his directorial debut short “Inner Workings” in 2017.
Lindsey Beer will be the scriptwriter for the film. Her company, Known Universe, will serve as executive producer.
Beau Flynn and his FlynnPictureCo. will produce the film. This marks a first, as Hello Kitty creator Sanrio is notoriously picky about granting film rights to major film studios.
New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo join together in handling production and development of the Hello Kitty film, with Warner Bros. handling the film’s worldwide distribution.
The upcoming animated film will be the first feature-length film for the franchise. As of yet, no release date has been set.