New ‘Hello Kitty’ Movie to Be Made in English for the First Time
Hello Kitty, AKA Kitty White, is a cartoon character that was created in 1974 by Yuko Shimizu. According to ‘The New York Times,’ the $6 billion franchise is licensed to 50,000 different products in 130 countries. Hello Kitty never speaks, and contrary to popular belief, she is a “little girl” and not a cat.
It is unclear if she will speak in the new film, but it will be in English nonetheless. Warner Bros. label, New Line Cinema, is picking up the film.
They will be working with Sanrio and FlynnPictureCo. to give Hello Kitty her first debut outside of Japan in 45 years. According to ‘The Hollywood Reporter,’ Sanrio has also granted rights for other iconic characters to appear in the film.
“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.” – Shintaro Tsuji, Sanrio founder
“We’re incredibly honored that President Tsuji has entrusted us with the responsibility of bringing her story to the big screen globally for the first time ever, and it’s a dream that we get to do this with our long-term partners at New Line and Warner Bros. ” – Beau Flynn, CEO of FlynnPictureCo.
It is not yet known if the film will be live-action or animated.