Toy and poluar collectible item Hello Kitty and her friends will be coming alive in producer Beau Flynn's next movie which was announced on 5th March 2019.
Production houses New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo are coming together with Sanrio for the production of an English film centered around Hello Kitty and her friends, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, and Gudetama.
This is the first time in the history of 45 years that Sanrio has granted filming rights to New Line Cinema or any to any other major studios.
Very exciting news today! We are thrilled to announce that we have secured the rights with our long term partners at New Line/Warner Bros. to develop the first ever… https://t.co/R5TrG2KgaU
— Beau Flynn (@beauflynn) March 5, 2019
The movie will be produced by Beau Flynn and backed by executive producer Wency Jacobson from FlynnPictureCo.
Beau Flynn has produced many major movies like San Andreas, Skyscraper and Rampage to name a few, where he worked with Dwayne Johnson.
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Very exciting news today! We are thrilled to announce that we have secured the rights with our long term partners at New Line/Warner Bros. to develop the first ever worldwide theatrical film for none other than one of the most beloved and recognizable icons around the globe - Hello Kitty! Hello Kitty was first designed in 1974 and has since exploded into a cultural phenomenon over the past four decades. She can be found in over 130 countries around the world on over 50,000 different products a year!We have been passionately pursuing these rights for almost five years now, including numerous trips to Tokyo. Over that time we have grown very close to our partners at Sanrio, and we are humbled and honored that President Tsuji, who founded the company over 40 years ago, has entrusted us with bringing her story to the big screen around the world. With the positive values of friendship, kindness and tolerance that Hello Kitty embodies, in addition to her message of “Small Gift, Big Smile,” there has never been a better time than now to share her story with the world. Can’t wait to get started and bring you all a visually dazzling, (hopefully) groundbreaking, and entertaining time at the movies! #HelloKitty #SmallGiftBigSmile #ConceptCharacterHeart (Link to @nytimes article in our bio) . @sanrio @hellokitty @newlinecinema @wbpictures @rbpix @carblackwood @dariacercek @ms.wendyjane
Now that the decision has been made, producers are busy looking for creative talents and writers for the film.
However its unclear as to whether the movie will an animated, live action or a hybrid one.
President and CEO of Sanrio, Shintaro Tsuji stated
I am extremely pleased that Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters will be making their Hollywood debut. Hello Kitty has long been a symbol of friendship and we hope this film will only serve to grow that circle of friendship around the world.
Executives from New Line Cinema, Carolyn Blackwood and Richard Brener are excited with the recent developments and said
We are thrilled to partner with Sanrio and FlynnPictureCo. on developing a film based on this treasured icon.
Hello Kitty was introduced in the year 1994. The franchise can now be found in more than 130 countries on over 50,000 branded products every year.