If you had to guess the next Japanese icon to get the Hollywood treatment, would Hello Kitty be anywhere near the top of your list? If so, you’re right on the money, because Sanrio’s adorable, long-running character is officially coming to the big screen thanks to a deal between Sanrio and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo are behind the film’s development, marking the 45-year-old franchise’s first movie deal outside of Japan. FlynnPictureCo’s Beau Flynn will produce and Wendy Jacobson will serve as executive producer.
Here’s what Shintaro Tsuji—founder, President, and CEO of Sanrio—had to say about the deal:
“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.”