Netflix has acquired the much-anticipated techno-medieval graphic novel adaptation Nimona after the project was scrapped following the shutdown of Blue Sky Studios amid Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Greta), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), and Eugene Lee Yang (Spring Bloom) in the voice cast.
The adaptation of ND Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel is produced by Roy Lee, Karen Ryan, and Julie Zackary, with Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison, and Andrew Millstein exec producing, and DNEG handling animation for the feature.
Patrick Osborne was originally set to direct the project, but now it is being helmed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Netflix and Annapurna Pictures quietly began production last year. It will debut on the streamer in 2023.
Taking to Twitter on Monday to celebrate Nimona’s revival was Stevenson, who wrote, “Nimona’s always been a spunky little story that just wouldn’t stop. She’s a fighter, but she’s also got some really awesome people fighting for her. I am excited out of my mind to announce that THE NIMONA MOVIE IS ALIVE…coming at you in 2023 from Annapurna and Netflix.”
The synopsis of the film reads, “A Knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he’s sworn to kill. Set in a techno-medieval world unlike anything animation has tackled before, this is a story about the labels we assign to people and the shapeshifter who refuses to be defined by anyone.”
Moretz plays Nimona, Ahmed is Ballister Boldheart, and Yang is Ambrosius Goldenloin. Nick Bruno and Troy Quane direct and executive producers are Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison, and Andrew Millstein.
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