The scrapped animated film by Blue Sky Studios, Nimona, has officially been acquired by Netflix to complete protection and run on their platform. Originally scrapped following the shutdown of Blue Sky Studios amid Disney’s acquisition of Fox, The LGBTQ+-themed Nimona will star Chloë Grace Moretz (Mother/Android), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), and Eugene Lee Yang (Spring Bloom) and will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2023. Nimona, an adaptation of ND Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel of the same name, will be directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane of Spies in Disguise fame.
The ‘NIMONA’ film is actually happening and will be released in 2023 on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/vO7S1XdDvm
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) April 11, 2022
What Is Nimona and How Was It Picked Up By Netflix
Based on the graphic novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author ND Stevenson, Nimona is an In the LGBTQ+-themed graphic novel focused on the tale of the young Knight Ballister Boldheart (Ahmed), who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. The only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona (Moretz), a shape-shifting teen.
However, Nimona also holds a dark secret and may very well be a monster Boldheart is sworn to kill. Set in a techno-medieval, this inclusive story is themed around the labels we assign to people and those who refuse to be defined by them. Roy Lee, Karen Ryan, and Julie Zackary are set to produce, with Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison, and Andrew Millstein, exec. producing and DNEG handling animation.
ND Stevenson wrote in a Tweet to celebrate the announcement of Nimona’s revival on Netflix.
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 🤘 pic.twitter.com/wEZuM2sXTt
— ND Stevenson (@Gingerhazing) April 11, 2022
Netflix partnered with Annapurna Pictures on Nimona when production began early last year, following the shutdown of the project by Disney after acquiring Blue Sky Studios in 2021, at the time, making the future of the graphic novel unclear.
What does this mean for the future and this partnership with Netflix?