Entertainment Weekly announced that New Line Cinema, Sanrio, and FlynnPictureCo. are going to partner with Warner Bros. to release an English-language Hello Kitty movie. The Hello Kitty franchise has made its way across the world since the character’s debut in 1974. This is the first time that Sanrio has allowed an American studio to use their character for a film.
This film, most likely being released this year, will mark the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty’s debut feature film. Hopefully, we can expect more partnerships in the future.
Sanrio president and CEO Shintaro Tsuji shared his excitement for the film in a statement.
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.
There has been no announcement yet on any casting details, although the search for writers and creative talent has begun.