Hello Kitty, arguably the world’s most recognizable cats, is set to star in her own Hollywood film.
The iconic character, created by Sanrio, will be making its English-language feature film debut in a production by New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo, Variety reports.
According to Warner Bros, securing the rights to develop Hello Kitty for the global big screen took nearly five years.
In the deal, the studio also secured the rights to other Sanrio characters, such as Gudetama, My Melody and Little Twin Stars.
“I am extremely pleased that Hello Kitty and other popular Sanrio characters will be making their Hollywood debut,” said Sanrio founder, president, and CEO Shintaro Tsuji. “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.”
Also known by her full name, Kitty White, the 45-year-old character from Japan is created by Yuko Shimizu and currently designed by Yuko Yamaguchi.
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Depicted as a female Gijinka (anthropomorphization of human and Japanese Bobtail), Hello Kitty is a 3rd-grade student who lives outside London. Over the years, the character has grown a media franchise which includes a product line, clothing apparel, toy-line, manga comics, anime series, popular music, and other media.
There have previously been three Hello Kitty anime films released in Japan: 1987’s “Hello Kitty: Cinderella”, 1990’s “Hello Kitty no Oyayubi Hime” and 1991’s “Hello Kitty no Mahō no Mori no Ohime-sama.”
As for the new upcoming film, details have not been revealed as to whether it will be a mix of CGI and live-action or fully animated.
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