A Hello Kitty Movie Is In The Works
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A hybrid live-action/animated film is in the works and the directors have just signed up to bring the world's most popular animated cat to the big screen.
Animation veterans Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda will direct the new Hello Kitty film. Leo worked on Disney's box office smash hit Zootopia and other Disney titles including Big Hero 6 and Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Jennifer has directed several massively popular animated shows including the likes of the cult classic Bob's Burgers and Harley Quinn.
The plot is being kept under wraps for now but when it comes to Hello Kitty the possibilities are truly endless.
Lindsey Beer has written the screenplay. She also wrote the script for the teen comedy Sierra Burgess Is a Loser and for all those who love 90s nostalgia, she is also working on the script for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
Beau Flynn and his FlynnPictureCo. will produce the film, which marks the only time Sanrio - the Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty rights - has granted film rights to a major film studio.
This deal also includes some other popular characters like Gudetama, My Melody and Little Twin Stars and others. You may see them in the new Hello Kitty film.
Hello Kitty first appeared in Japan in 1974 and she became a staple of kawaii Japanese popular culture. By 2014, when Hello Kitty turned 40, the entire franchise was worth $8 billion (£6,907,835,513.60) a year.
Hello Kitty has first become one of the highest grossing media franchises of all time through a large collection of clothing, accessories, toys, jewellery, dozens of video games, books, manga, anime, music albums and various other product lines.
Three Hello Kitty anime films have been released in Japan Hello Kitty: Cinderella released in 1987, Hello Kitty no Oyayubi Hime released in 1990, and Hello Kitty no Mahō no Mori no Ohime-sama released in 1991.
We'll update you as soon as we know more about Hello Kitty's feature length debut!