After years of growth and production stops and begins, Nimona directed to Netflix.
A feature-length animated adaptation of ND Stevenson’s best-selling graphic novel will be released on streaming service in 2023, with production set to begin earlier this year. Netflix is collaborating with Annapurna on the film Nick Bruno and Troy Quane (Spies in disguise), starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed.
The animated synopsis says: “A Knight is framed for a crime he did not commit and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a teenage girl who changes shape and can also be a monster who has vowed to kill. It takes place in a techno-medieval world, unlike anything that has been done with cartoons in the past, this is a story about the labels we give to people and the shaper who refuses to be defined by anyone.
Moretz will voice Nimona, with Ahmed being Ballister Boldheart and Eugene Lee Yang as Ambrosius Goldenloin.
DNEG Animation is behind the animation. Roy Lee, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary are producers, with Robert L. Baird, Megan Ellison and Andrew Millstein in charge.
NimonaHis journey to the screen was full, with a shutdown in the middle of production.
The production was originally produced by Blue Sky Studios, part of the animation department of the then 20th Century Fox. Production was already underway when Disney acquired Fox, and in February 2021 it was announced that Disney, which already has Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, would close Blue Sky. Patrick Osborne directed the film based on Blue Sky Nimona adaptation, which was already dated January 14, 2022 when the animation studio closed. A little later, the news came that production had begun Nimona it would stop and the movie would not be released.
A March 2022 Business Insider story told former Blue Sky executives who noted that Disney’s leadership disagreed with a same-sex kiss scheduled for Nimona. It was recently reported that a same-sex kiss was removed during the creative production process for Pixar’s upcoming animation Lightyear. It was added again after internal reactions to The Walt Disney Co., including a letter from Pixar officials alleging censorship and noting Disney’s previous public silence on the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida.
Nimona was published in 2015 through HarperCollins after it was first published as a webcomic. He has won numerous awards, including an Eisner Prize.